ANGRY residents in a Powys street have called for the council to step in and deal with a flooding issue that they say has been going on for nearly a decade.

Residents in Breidden Court, Four Crosses say they have been frustrated with a lack of response from Powys County Council about a flooding situation that is leaving one of the residents stuck in their home.

When a member of the council highways department they did visit locals were told it would be escalated to a higher level of management in the council - but they have since heard nothing.

Powys Council says the flooding arises because of issues on private property, but residents say it affects public land including an access to the Offas Dyke footpath, and the water stands on a public road.

Resident Garry Huggett said: “When it floods it’s about six inches underwater, it takes a week, two weeks to drain because there is nowhere for it to go, and it can come up in a couple of hours.”

This has left all of them finding it difficult to leave or enter their properties at times, since the problem began in 2014.

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and one resident, Jo Lawson, who requires a wheelchair, says it is limiting her ability to travel and even to get medical assistance.

“I genuinely cannot get through it. It’s very dangerous because you can’t see where you are going. It can wreck your chair,” said Mrs Lawson.

“I’ve been living here for over a decade. I don’t think they realise how much it is affecting me. At times I am literally pinned into my own house. I can’t get out to the shop or the hairdressers or the doctors.


“It doesn’t take much for the chair to go over as it is quite light – if I go down a small dip the chair will just flip out from underneath me. It’s robbing me of that little bit of independence.

“If I go over in my chair it can lead to at least bruising but a broken wrist or even a broken leg.”

Neighbours Raymond Jones and Ray Bradburne have repeatedly chased the council for a response – keeping a record of the correspondence for over two years.

“You give up, they grind you down and you might leave it for a year,” Mr Jones said.

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A spokesperson for Powys County Council said: “The ponding referred to is a private issue for the residents of Breidden Court and the owner of the adjacent private access track to resolve themselves, the issue does not affect users of the public highway.

“The council’s highway operations team confirm its officers have met with residents, visited the site and advised that the ponding issue relates to the construction of the private cul-de-sac. 

“Powys County Council highway operation’s officers and land drainage officers are available to provide advice to the residents regarding their options to resolve this issue.”