Sheffield pond project flooding fears

Janet Crisp and Kate Pinder at the pond which they fear could flood their homes.
Janet Crisp and Kate Pinder at the pond which they fear could flood their homes.
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WORRIED residents fear a £37,000 project to pump extra water into village ponds could cause their homes to flood again as they did in 2007.

Janet Crisp and her neighbour Kate Pinder live at Nancy Cottages, off Greaves Lane, High Green, which were left underwater in the Great Sheffield Flood of June 2007.

They were unhappy about plans by Chapeltown and District Angling Club to install bore holes and water pumps to top-up the level of nearby Nancy Pond.

Mrs Crisp said she feared a proposed overflow, to ensure the pond did not flood in heavy rain, would be inadequate.

The angling club, which has received £30,000 in funding from Sport England and raised the rest of the money for the project itself, has met with the Nancy Cottages residents to discuss concerns.

Operating conditions have now been agreed for the pumps, to minimise flood risk.

Mrs Crisp said: “The proposed overflow will cost just £500 and I’m worried it could be inadequate. I’m worried that if the pump is on during the summer, what happens if there is heavy rainfall like in 2007?

“We were flooded up to our waists then – it caused a huge amount of damage.”

Phill Sanderson, a committee member for the club, said the bore holes and pumps are needed so angling can take place in dry weather, to provide activities for children and young people.

He said: “The project involves bore holes and pumps at Nancy Pond and New Biggin Pond. We run coaching courses for the kids and work with Activity Sheffield to keep youngsters off the streets.

“We have met with the residents of Nancy Cottages and are in the process of drawing up an agreement with them to address their concerns.

“The pumps will be used for only two to three hours a day, on days when they are needed.

“On days when there is heavy rain, the pumps will not operate.”

Mr Sanderson added: “We have full permission for the bore holes and pumps from the council. We have agreed an amicable settlement with the residents. I understand the concerns, and we’re willing to do all we can to alleviate them.”

Work has started at New Biggin Pond. Mrs Crisp said: “We are happier now.”