Otterton bridge owner mystery
PUBLISHED: 13:43 16 June 2011
The hunt is on to the find the owner of an Otterton bridge in a bid to prevent the village from flooding.
The parish council has written to the Environment Agency in the hope it can shed some light on who owns a small bridge, which joins the county-owned road with the Kings Arms pub.
Otterton Parish Council said it cannot make any move to clear current blockages from beneath the bridge until the bridge owner is identified.
The council said it had been informed by the Environment Agency blockages under bridges were the responsibility of the owner.
All attempts at locating the owner had so far drawn a blank, the council said.
Otterton Parish Council clerk David Ottley said the issue had been ongoing for sometime.
Kings Arms landlord Rowan Carter and Devon County Council have told the parish council they do not own the bridge.
Clinton Devon Estates sent the council a land registry document, showing its boundary to be the front wall of the car park.
Mr Ottley said the council was keen to settle the problem and give peace of mind to residents living in the vicinity of the pub and bridge that their concerns over flooding had been taken seriously. He said: “I have tried to find a willing party to admit ownership, but to no avail.
“There is a sewage pipe, which runs from the pub car park into the main sewer in the road. This sewage pipe runs under the bridge.
“There are two dangers. Firstly, there are so many flints, which have been swept down from the fields along the brook, that they are now nestled against the sewage pipe, causing a very restricted passage for any large volume of water to pass over the pipe.
“Secondly, there is the fear that a fierce flow of water could cause damage to the pipe, thereby polluting the brook and, ultimately, the River Otter.”