Council begins work to tackle flooding in Hailsham

Flooded footpaths in Hailsham Country Park SUS-160725-124957001
Flooded footpaths in Hailsham Country Park SUS-160725-124957001

Work is due to begin at Hailsham Country Park in hopes of preventing future flooding on the public green space.

As part of its obligation to ensure the park is well maintained and accessible to the public, Hailsham Town Council says it will begin work to tackle flooding on the footpaths of the 22-acre site in Gleneagles Drive.

In the coming weeks workmen hope to counter the problem by installing land drains to help discharge excess water into the existing ditch system.

Councillor Richard Grocock chairman of the council’s strategic projects committee said: “Hailsham Town Council is responsible for a number of areas of public open space within the town.

“Most of these have designated footpaths to provide access to and around the area and a number of them, particularly at the Country Park site, have experienced flooding over the past few winters.

“As it appears that the large amount of rainfall has become the norm for the local weather during the autumn and winter months, the Town Council will be taking the necessary steps to ensure that future flooding of footpaths is prevented.”

The council say two sections of footpath at the southern end of the site are prone to flooding and sometimes become impassable during the autumn and winter period.

A council spokesman said: “Hailsham Town Council is proud of its many improvements to the Country Park site in recent years, including the construction of a new path around Wentworth Pond, replacement of boundary fencing and other area-specific projects.

“Furthermore, the park’s high level of maintenance by town council works staff, together with regular monitoring of the area by a water bailiff, has ensured that the site remains a safe and clean public green space for the whole community to enjoy.” For further information, call 01323 841702 or visit www.hailsham-tc.gov.uk.

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