I read councillor Oakley’s letter in the Worthing Herald last week with interest.
Residents of East Worthing have been flooded more than once in the last few years, and at the same time the county council is busy removing our brick pavements and replacing them with ugly asphalt.
Lyndhurst Road pavements would be a good example.
You might think these two are entirely unrelated, but brick and paving stone pavements allow rainfall to percolate through into the ground and also can be lifted and replaced if you have to lay a service trench.
Asphalt on the other hand drains rainfall straight onto the road and then into the sewers adding to the load on the system and also has to be jack hammered through if you need to lay a service trench.
So, what was once flooding which might have occurred once in 200 years is likely to happen more often.
The county council has a policy of promoting sustainable urban drainage (SUDS).
Their website says SUDS is a different way of dealing way with water running off from roads, roofs and other hard surfaces.
They work by draining water into the natural system rather than moving it away in the over-loaded sewer system.
While the county council says they support and encourage the use of SUDS through its planning and development role, they are not applying this principle to their own works.
The county council says it is replacing traditional pavements with asphalt because it is less expensive.
It may be cheaper in the short-term but it is ugly, unsustainable and expensive for the householders, schools and hospitals that are being flooded.