Action over troublesome Ottery watercourse

PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:13 17 June 2010

ACTION to prevent a troublesome watercourse in Ottery St Mary causing further flooding misery is being taken according to the Environment Agency.

ACTION to prevent a troublesome watercourse in Ottery St Mary causing further flooding misery is being taken according to the Environment Agency.

The brook in Thorne Farm Way overflowed amid a rain and hail deluge on October 30, flooding countless homes and leaving numerous residents homeless before causing further misery after more downpours on December 13.

Ottery county councillor Roger Giles said that at the first meeting of the Environment Agency's South West Regional Flood Defence Committee since the devastation, experts "agreed in principle" to adopt responsibility for the Thorn Park stream.

The troublesome stretch of the watercourse is currently owned by developer Midas Homes, who is currently responsible for its maintenance.

An EA spokesperson confirmed: "The agency has been asked to take over responsibility for the brook in Thorne Farm Way and we are considering proposals put forward."

The committee is made up of experts and councillors from the agency, Devon County Council and East Devon District Council.


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