Council’s £65k car park work branded ‘waste of money’ after flooding

PUBLISHED: 16:02 20 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:43 20 September 2016

Mack McCaig at Moneyhole car park

Mack McCaig at Moneyhole car park

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Car park repairs that cost the borough council £65k have been branded “a waste of money” after repeated flooding in the area.

Flooding in Moneyhole car parkFlooding in Moneyhole car park

Mack McCaig, 65, of Panshanger, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times of the “annoying” inconvenience in Welwyn Garden City’s Moneyhole car park, where floods have repeatedly blocked him from getting to an allotment he rents nearby.

He claimed during resurfacing work, a defunct drainage system was discovered, but since completion earlier this year the area has still flooded three times.

“To think of all the money they have wasted and you’re still getting floods around,” he said. “We have got all the technology and all we wanted was a drainage system that works.

“We have to wait for three or four days to let the drainage system sort itself out.”

A council spokeswoman said: “We completed a £65,000 resurfacing project at Moneyhole car park in December 2015. A central island was removed and old tree roots excavated, trebling the number of car parking spaces.

“The car park has a ‘soakaway’ drainage system and the recent spells of intense, heavy rainfall have put pressure on drainage systems throughout the borough.

“We appreciate this has caused access issues to the allotments and have arranged for the system to be cleared more regularly. If Mr McCaig has further concerns we encourage him to contact us directly.”


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