Monday, February 27, 2006
Why are some people never happy?
For a number of years our Council, Ward Councillors, pensioners' representatives, publicans, and myself have been involved in a running dispute with Northumbrian Water about serious flooding problems at Tyne Dock and the Brinkburn area (particularly Ullswater Gardens). A search of this site will reveal a number of postings on the subject. Countless approaches to our water supplier resulted in equally countless investigations, and little else.
Until recently, that is - a massive 3.5 million pound investment has seen contractors dig a gargantuan hole in the earth at what was once Brinkburn playing fields. The hole is now being lined with concrete, it's size is arguably larger than an Olympic swimming pool, it occupies the space previously covered by two football pitches and one rugby pitch. This engineering work will become a water tank capable of holding the same volume of water as six swimming pools, rainwater and drainage water will be stored here and gently released into the sewers leading to Tyne Dock , rather than flooding homes and gardens in the local area.
Northumbrian Water are so convinced that they finally have the answer to solve the dreadful problems experienced in recent years, so much so that they despatched high ranking managers to the homes of protestors, such as I, in order to "sell" the scheme. I bought it, I'm happy that a great effort is being made to resolve this long standing flooding problem for the people of Ullswater Gardens, Ascot Drive, Bisley Drive, Eldon Street, and Armstrong Terrace.
Once the tank has been capped, the earth will be replaced over the top of it, and the sports pitches reinstated, within a short period life will return to normal and most people ought to be happy and satisfied.
I wrote recently in this blog about my concerns at the amount of NIMBYS (Not In My Back Yard) popping up all over the town, and this issue is starting to suffer from the same intolerance. The Shields Gazette recenly reported the concerns of a small group of residents in Bisley Drive who are worried that the flood prevention scheme will create additional problems for them. After reinstating the sports pitches, the level of the land will be one metre higher than before, consequently they are worried that an occasional football may land in their garden!
I'm sorry to appear to be so intolerant of these views, but I'd rather have a football once in a blue moon than see my garden flooded three or four times a year! In fact, unless Wayne Rooney decides to make a guest appearance, it is unlikely that any of the users of the pitches will be able to deliver a shot of sufficient velocity to reach the boundary fence, never mind the gardens.
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