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A1122 in Downham Market flooded as councillor urges for action to be taken





Flooding on a town’s main road is yet to be sorted as drivers dodge water opposite a new housing development.

The A1122 heading into Downham has been flooded for around two months, with a town councillor calling for an update from Norfolk County Council about when the issue will be resolved.

The flooding remains outside the entrance of the new Broad Oaks housing, owned by company Prosperity Developments.

Vehicles travelling along the road have had to avoid the flooding along the side of the road. Picture: Ian Burt
Vehicles travelling along the road have had to avoid the flooding along the side of the road. Picture: Ian Burt

The development plans to bring 300 one, two, three and four-bedroom houses to Downham.

Development director for prosperity development Peter Lumb has blamed “extreme weather” for the flooding and said they are working with Norfolk County Council to resolve the issue.

Mr Lumb said: “The extreme weather conditions experienced over the last two months have resulted in flooding to a section of the A1122.

The flooding has had cones placed in it to alert drivers. Picture: Ian Burt
The flooding has had cones placed in it to alert drivers. Picture: Ian Burt

“Prosperity Homes Broadoaks has been working proactively with Norfolk County Council to investigate and resolve the cause of the flooding to prevent a reoccurrence.”

During a full Downham Town Council meeting last Tuesday, Cllr Stephen Moyses raised his concerns about the flooding to county councillor Tony White, who said he is looking into the issue.

Cllr Moyses said: “It doesn’t seem like anything is stopping it, apart from the water drying up when there is no rain.”

In response, Cllr White said that Highways should be going out soon to assess the situation.

The Broad Oaks housing development on the A1122 in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
The Broad Oaks housing development on the A1122 in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Vehicles travelling along the road have had to avoid the flooding along the side of the road. Picture: Ian Burt
Vehicles travelling along the road have had to avoid the flooding along the side of the road. Picture: Ian Burt

“That will be in spring and it will be dried up by then,” Cllr Moyses replied.

In response, a Norfolk County Council spokesperson said: “We have been working to help resolve the flooding problem at this location.

“Initially a private temporary access appeared to be causing surface water from adjacent land to drain onto the highway so this has been resolved by improving the drainage systems on that land, and we’ve also ensured all the highway drains are clear and working as intended

The Broad Oaks housing development is set to bring 300 homes to Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
The Broad Oaks housing development is set to bring 300 homes to Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
The Broad Oaks housing development on the A1122 in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
The Broad Oaks housing development on the A1122 in Downham. Picture: Ian Burt
Vehicles travelling along the road have had to avoid the flooding along the side of the road. Picture: Ian Burt
Vehicles travelling along the road have had to avoid the flooding along the side of the road. Picture: Ian Burt

“We will continue to monitor and carry out any further action as necessary.”



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