Flooding and Drainage Issues in Burscough
Burscough is low lying, and much of its area was once part of a large mere which is now drained via a managed drainage system. The Environment Agency, which is responsible for the network of pumping stations and sluices which carry surface water away from Burscough and out to sea via the pumping station at Crossens, plans to switch off five of the pumps in 2018. The Parish Council understands that plans are being developed for a locally funded body to be set up to manage the drainage network. Enquiries regarding the future of the pumps should in the first instance be directed to the Environment Agency. Burscough Parish Council remains concerned regarding the future of the drainage network, and continues to lobby for a good outcome.
Lancashire County Council is the "Lead Flood Authority" and takes the leading role in co-ordinating all agencies with responsibility for ensuring that our surface water drainage system is adequate.
United Utilities manage foul drainage and it is their responsibility to ensure that there is adequate capacity. The Parish Council is not aware of any significant investment planned for Burscough's foul drainage network, despite recurrent surcharges of foul sewage onto our streets.
Burscough Parish Council has repeatedly voiced concerns that both surface water and foul networks are under-capacity, and that new development may exacerbate existing flooding and may cause further flooding.
Burscough Parish Council is delighted to work with Burscough Flood Group, an independent group of residents who have researched flooding in Burscough and who have compiled a comprehensive, evidence based register of incidents of flooding in Burscough. Burscough Parish Council have also commissioned drainage consultants, SCP, to provide their opinion of aspects of our drainage network.
Our thanks are extended particularly to Burscough Flood Group for their painstaking and thorough investigation providing a most comprehensive reference document, and we urge professionals across Lanacashire to make use of this resource.
Key documents are provided below.
- for details of LCC report on the December 2015 floods see www.lancashire.gov.uk/council/performance-inspections-reviews/environmental/flood-investigation-report.aspx