Plea to Severn Trent over Shifnal flooding

Shifnal's civic leaders are to lobby Severn Trent and the Environment Agency to get flooding problems solved in the town once and for all.

Plea to Severn Trent over Shifnal flooding

Councillors were shown pictures of flooding in Shifnal last month when the county was hit by torrential rain.

The Wesley Brook rose dramatically in just one hour on September 24, sparking fears of a repeat of the 2007 nightmare when the Wesley Brook became a raging torrent, flooding 60 properties. The brook flows through the Priorslee balancing pool before heading through Shifnal.

Councillors discussed flooding problems facing the town during their additional meeting on Thursday night.

Councillor Kevin Turley called for the council to get involved. He said: "I think this council should take the lead and get the Environment Agency, Severn Trent and Shropshire Council together.

"We should thrash it out once and for all who is the responsible body and what it will take to solve the flood problems.

"It is very distressing to see women crying through fear of what could happen to their property when the brook flooded last month. The brook burst its banks and flooded gardens.

County Councillor Gordon Tonkinson said: "People do not come forward because they think they will have problems selling their homes," he said. "It is abominable that we are not getting better help."

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