Mayfield residents’ anger at flooding and mess

Bill Wildey on the building site
Bill Wildey on the building site

Residents in Mayfield are outraged by work on a neighbouring housing development which they say has flooded their gardens and left a mess.

Those living on John Humble Street had previously opposed plans by Persimmon Homes to build 60 homes at Pentland Rise. They claim that since landscaping work was carried out on the site their gardens have become flooded, while they are also angry at the mess left after this phase of work finished a month ago.

Bill Wildey is one of the angry locals, he told the Advertiser that the work has affected his back garden.

He said: “Although it hasn’t rained much recently my garden is like a sponge, and some of my neighbours’ gardens are worse. I’d say there are eight of us affected.

“The water was always on the field where they are now building, but now it is in our garden. That fact is that this didn’t affect us for 30 years until they did their landscaping. The entire district warned them about this,

“Even if they said they were sorry that would be a start.

“We just wish someone would now take responsibility and investigate it properly, either the council or Persimmon Homes. They could at least investigate it. I think all the council need to do is build a big trench up the hill to stop the water coming down.”

Jim Kirkpatrick, managing director at Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said: “We are unaware of any incidences of flooding but urge customers to contact us directly if they have any concerns.

“I can confirm that work is continuing with a programme to clear any debris on the perimeter of the site down to the pond scheduled to start on April 27 before the area can be seeded.

A council spokesman said: “The council will investigate the flooding concerns under its planning and highways legislation and will advise the complainant in due course of the outcome of its investigation.”

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