DESPAIR OF RESIDENTS NEAR ‘OLD PUMPING STATION’

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Now defunct, ‘The Old Pumping Station’ in Hitches Lane, Fleet), has long been a source of severe sewage flooding, affecting local residents as well as those who walk and drive past the affected area in Hitches Lane.

 
BELOW: The ‘Old Pumping Station’, Hitches Lane, Fleet.
 

Old Pumping Station Flooding, Fleet, Hampshire

 

Tina, one of the local residents explains how she has lived nearby for 15 years and has yet to see any improvement in the situation…

 
“We back onto the old pumping station in Hitches Lane and our garden has looked like this five times since Christmas Eve. We have lived here for 15 years and it gets worse rather than better.”

“It happens on numerous occasions, not only when it rains but also with no rain, where we know the pumps at station have failed yet again. We have had lots of communication with Thames Water, right up to the Chief Executive and Directory level.”

 
BELOW: Severe Flooding in property backing onto the ‘Old Pumping Station’, Hitches Lane, Fleet.
 

Old Pumping Station Flooding, Fleet, Hampshire

 

Old Pumping Station Flooding, Fleet, Hampshire

 

Old Pumping Station Flooding, Fleet, Hampshire

 

“Eventually after numerous floods and complaints with them doing tests and surveys on the problem, they have admitted that the pumping station is not man enough for the area.”

“They did put a third pump into the station about two years ago and built a large surge tank under the grassed area to the front right of Calthorpe School’s entrance…neither of which appear to have made a difference.”

 
BELOW: Grove Farm Pumping Station at Edenbrook, ‘not man enough for the area’

 

Old Pumping Station Flooding, Fleet, Hampshire

 

About 18 months ago we had a letter saying they now agreed that it is a mechanical problem and to rectify this, the job was going out to tender but when the tender came in the job was much bigger that they thought, which would delay the start of work this January until it had been resubmitted.

 
BELOW: Land opposite Calthorpe Park School, where underground surge tanks were installed to help control the floodwater.
 

Old Pumping Station Flooding, Fleet, Hampshire

 

The latest we have heard, is that they have applied for planning permission to build a new pumping station on top of where the surge tank is, a bit of an eyesore. I do not understand why they cannot expand the current one. Every time we flood we are suppose to get a clean up but we have to chase for this to happen.

 

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