A local campaign group known as Friends of Stafford have started a petition to be sent to Staffordshire County Council Flood Authority and the Environment Agency to halt major construction around the county town until the impacts of the works are properly assessed. The petition also calls upon the council to explain why a flood plan that was introduced in 2015 has not been actioned or why it has been ineffective.
In a short statement on Twitter Staffordshire Wildlife Trust stated poor design of water management in modern housing estates exacerbated flooding in Stafford.
The poor design of water management in modern housing estates is exacerbated the flooding situation in Stafford/Staffordshire.
We need to see more Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) incorporated into designs to prevent what Eccleshall has experienced… pic.twitter.com/zjBO2juWUP
— StaffsWildlife 🦔🍄🦇 (@StaffsWildlife) January 22, 2021
The petition follows outrage that many local businesses and residents are flooded again. These businesses include Stafford Cricket and Hockey Club on Riverway and the Picture House on Bridge Street, both of whom implemented significant flood defenses following similar events in 2019.
Stafford Hockey Club wrote on Facebook, “The water was up to the club building from the middle of the afternoon and the flood defences did a reasonable job of holding it off but unfortunately approximately 10mm water has made it inside along the back wall.”
The issue of flooding in Stafford was raised by the local MP Theo Clark during PMQ in which she urged the Prime Minister to set up a flood control centre in Stafford.
⚠️ Recent heavy rain means overnight there’s a risk of flooding in Staffordshire.
🗣Today in PMQs I urged the Prime Minister to back my campaign to tackle #flooding in Staffordshire and establish a flood control centre in #Stafford that residents can call 24/7 to get help. pic.twitter.com/hQxWInfGql
— Theo Clarke MP (@theodoraclarke) January 20, 2021
Stafford FM have approached Theo Clarke and local councilors for comment regarding local flooding, none have responded at the time of writing