Flood-hit operator welcomes promenade survey

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A Southend operator has welcomed the decision to carry out an underground inspection of an area of promenade outside his FEC that is prone to flooding.

Martin Richardson, owner of the Happidrome Arcade, has already been forced to spend thousands of pounds on flood defences for the premises after it was left underwater three times.

The City Beach area of Marine Parade, Southend, has suffered severe floods during torrential downpours in recent years, and business owners like Richardson believe this is due to an insufficient number of drains.

He told the Southend Echo: “It’s been a long time coming. We’ve all said we should know what’s under there.

“When they built it five years ago there was a plan, but if there was a gas main where a drain should go they would put it somewhere else, so you don’t know exactly where everything is.”

 

“If we have to have more drains put in then at least we will know where everything is and it will be less disruptive for businesses. Hats off to them though for getting on with it.”

 

Southend Council has commissioned a 3D survey of everything beneath the ground, with the aim of charting the location of all subterranean utilities and improving resilience to flooding.

Richardson added: “They don’t know what’s below the ground so they are mapping it out. Our understanding is they want to know what pipes are there, whether they are blocked or are big enough.

“If we have to have more drains put in then at least we will know where everything is and it will be less disruptive for businesses. Hats off to them though for getting on with it.”


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