Heavy rain prompts letter

PUBLISHED: 14:38 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

AFTER recent residents' concerns about houses in The Colony being turned into flats and possibly overloading the sewers, your readers may be interested in some detail not known to everyone about the area. As you know, all the houses in The Colony are buil

AFTER recent residents' concerns about houses in The Colony being turned into flats and possibly overloading the sewers, your readers may be interested in some detail not known to everyone about the area.As you know, all the houses in The Colony are built on reclaimed land. Most were built with no bathroom and one outside toilet. Now, all of them have bathrooms and a second toilet.Originally, blank spaces were left in Rosebery and Salisbury Roads, as the number of the houses permitted to be built were, I believe, limited. Later, in 1970 or '80, two and three-bedroom houses were built in the spaces (my neighbour thought the complete difference in the styles was due to bombing). In Rosebery Road, there is one spot where there are now garages.Regarding the flooding aspect, we were flooded in 1960, twice in the space of one week, the water being over the top of the cooker in my kitchen. This is a horrible experience for the elderly and the younger people (as I was then) - the children enjoyed it - my two came home in a boat from Withycombe school. Even now water, after torrential rain, can be half way across the road and, after showers, our gutters are full. The rain we had on the night of October 29 prompted me to write this letter as, during the night, the water was half way across the road.I would like a member of East Devon District Council to live in my house for a few weeks with no special privileges - he must bring a car, have a full-time job, which doesn't finish until after 4.30pm, and then deal with the problem of parking as the residents have to do. At night, cars and commercial vehicles are parked on double yellow lines right to the ends of the roads, just waiting for an accident to happen - and no room for emergency vehicles.If, God forbid, we should be flooded again, I hope EDDC will be prepared to receive many claims for compensation because they have been warned by our protests about the turning of these houses into two and three flats. It seems obvious they have done little or no research into the area.Resident of Egremont Road, Exmouth.

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