Flooding concerns at Corwen playground


Shane Brennan

CORWEN parents are concerned about a playground that is repeatedly flooded.

The playground at Uwch y Dre had work carried out on it in 2012 to reduce the risk of flooding - but the problem has continued.

This has meant that the children’s playground and neighbouring properties have flooded during the winter months.

Lorraine Jones, a mother who lives beside the playground, has raised concerns about safety at the playground.
She said: “I have spoken to the council on many occasions but nothing has happened. Has it got to take a child to get injured or worse before they do something?”

Mother of two Megan Derbyshire-Styles also found the flooding to be a danger.
She said: “I do find it is a danger when flooded as it can get deep and children of all ages play there, not just the older children who understand what the dangers could be but children from the ages of three to four who don't quite understand what could happen or what could be in the water, as sometimes there can be a lot of litter such as tin cans as the park isn't cleaned on a regular basis.

“My children are very young, my eldest being two, but I do take them on a regular basis but once it's flooded we can't even get across the small pitch to the park.”

The flooding has also led to concern about the risk to neighbouring properties.
Lorraine added: “My house is adjacent to the park so therefore my whole path floods and on a couple of occasions we have had to use sand bags by our door, we moved into the property in 2010,it was a mutual exchange with another family and at no point was the flooding mentioned to us by the council. If it had been we would never have moved.”

Corwen councillor Huw Jones has referred the matter to the council and hopes to see a resolution soon.

Cllr Jones said: “I have arranged a meeting with the council about this. It will probably be next week as they are extremely busy with the flooding on the coast at the moment. Something was done to the drainage but the outflow pipe is either too small or blocked. The council are aware of it.”

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