RESIDENTS living in a rapidly emerging new community near Exeter have hit back at a reader’s pictures claiming that the area has suffered flooding.
Last week the Echo published pictures taken at the height of the storms which showed there was no flooding at Cranbrook.
And the work of developers building new homes and infrastructure in the area was praised.
This week pictures taken by photographer Darren Gladwin published on the Echo’s website showed surface water in Cranbrook.
Mr Gladwin said: “Unlike your photos mine show a different picture. This shows where the road is going to be built, and in fact the new road would have actually been under the water. All of this water is being sent to Exeter and Broadclyst as far as I am aware – certainly it will be passed on somewhere else as the ground that’s already unable to cope is going to be under concrete and bitumen.”
But residents living in the emerging town said the pictures and comments were misleading, and claim they simply show a floodplain working.
Many pointed out that the on-going work is taking place between phase one and two of the new town, where no homes were being built.
It involves excavating along the floodplain – and the subsequent hole filled with rain.
Reverend Mark Gilborson, Minister of Cranbrook’s Cornerstone Church, said: “The pictures shown are pictures of the new road that is being prepared joining phase one of Cranbrook to phase two. It is the section between the two phases that is designed to flood – in essence you have pictures of a flood plain doing its job.”
He added: “Not a single house has been or will be built on a flood plain in Cranbrook. During the planning of Cranbrook, extensive consultations were undertaken with the Environment Agency and all the new homes are being developed outside of the floodplain.”
Drew Aspinwall, spokesman for the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point partnership, said: “Recent events have shown that even with the significant rainfall that has been recorded, mitigation measures are working.”