Lancing estate hit by worst flooding in living memory

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FLOODING caused misery for hundreds of Lancing residents last week, blocking roads, and disrupting travel plans.

FLOODING caused misery for hundreds of Lancing residents last week, blocking roads, and disrupting travel plans.

Flooding at West Beach

Flooding at West Beach

The residents of West Beach are no strangers to flooding, but many said the latest was the worst they had ever seen.

West Way, Boundary Road, The Broadway, Bristol Avenue, George V Avenue, and Orient Road, were among the streets that were badly affected, with some under a foot of water at times.

Residents who have lived on the estate for the best part of 30 years say the problems have been going on for as long as they can remember.

Geoff Patmore, vice chairman of West Beach Residents’ association, said he believed building work on flood plain to the north-west of the estate was making the flooding worse.

“We are having severe problems. The volume and quantity of water has dramatically increased since Adur District Council cleared the drainage north of the flood plain and Brighton and Hove Albion have built a massive complex and excavated 11 football pitches.”

Mr Patmore said the building of five more all-weather pitches at the complex would further damage the groundwater flows on the flood plain, adding it would be like ‘covering a vast area with concrete’.

In a letter to Adur District Council Mr Patmore criticised plans to build up to 600 houses at New Monks Farm in Lancing. He wrote: “The proposal to build a further 600 houses is sheer lunacy given the current flooding events already being experienced.

“Lancing flood plain has lost a third of its flood protective capacity. Any more loss and the damage to residents properties will be even more catastrophic.”

Former chairman of West Beach Residents’ Association Adrienne Lowe, of The Broadway, said the water was the highest she had seen it.

“Whenever there is a spring tide, a south-westerly wind and it rains then it will flood,” she said, adding that she was used to the flooding and thought it was pretty.

Ernest Tapp, 80, of Bristol Avenue, said: “It makes you frustrated because this is a lovely place to live but this sort of thing spoils it.

“A lot of people on the estate are elderly and they must have a difficult job getting down to the local shops.”

Residents said despite the worsening situation, water had never flooded any of the houses on the estate.