Dickens Heath Parish Council has received a reply from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) to queries about the flooding in Griffin Lane, in relation to the planned housing development.
In their reply SMBC (having consulted with the Environment Agency) suggested that the flooding levels in November were ‘exceptional’ and were due to a ‘blockage of the screen that protects from debris entering a culvert that passes under the canal’ which caused a ‘cork in a bottle effect’.
The Parish Council also asked about future arrangements, given the housing development planned for the site and where the water which sat on the Griffin Lane field (8 feet deep in places) would go when the building work is complete?
The council indicated that the developers for Griffin Lane field will be elevating the new homes above the normal flood level to safeguard against flooding and there will be modifications to the existing watercourse and culvert – as well as the addition of an additional balancing pond and secondary channel, to guard against this occurring again.
You can read the full response from SMBC to Dickens Heath Parish Council here.