Hamilton residents fed up over flooding and traffic issues believed to be caused by nearby new builds

Fed up residents in a Lanarkshire street are calling for action to be taken on flooding problems.

Locals living in the Meikle Earnock Road area of ​​Hamilton say they have been promised a better drainage system to alleviate issues caused by a new housing development nearby.

But overflowing water in drains has also caused swamps of excess water in land, leaving a foul smell near people’s houses.

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Some residents have also complained of dirty water coming through taps in homes every so often, as no solution seems to be offered to concerned locals.

In addition, Meikle Earnock Road has now become a far busier road in recent years due to more houses being built, however, little in the way of road safety and traffic calming measures have been introduced.

And that has left residents outraged at potential new dangers faced in their community.

Lanarkshire Live has spoken to many Meikle Earnock residents regarding their worries, and South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) has since promised an inspection of the road to address some of the safety concerns.

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Resident John Munro points out a drain cover on Meikle Earnock Road which causes flooding

Local resident Ellison Dunn told us: “This has only been happening since the new builds started.

“The floods that are coming from the farm all the way down is blocking the drains, so we’re having a lot of dirty, filthy water.

“The water was undrinkable for a while, but any minute you can go to run a shower or a bath and it can be all dirty again. It’s happening every other day.”

Her neighbor Sharon Montague added: “The problem is the drainage water, it’s coming through the drains but getting forced into the farmer’s septic tank.

Heavy rainfall often causes a huge overspill of water on the road

“Prior to all this, the farmer was emptying his septic tank once a year, but sometimes he’s emptying twice in one day. He it’s not even coping now with the pressure of the water that’s coming in, and it’s fountaining up through the drains.

“Apart from the drainage system, we now have the overspill from all the traffic now coming down from the new houses, and things were supposed to be getting done to help the traffic now building on Meikle Earnock Road.”

Sharon is particularly concerned of the traffic issues and is calling for a pedestrian crossing which would give her peace of mind when traveling locally in her mobility scooter.

The road has become narrower due to excess water on the sides, with little room for pedestrians to pass safely.

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Sharon added: “The issue with it all is the traffic. There is not one traffic calming measure, a pedestrian crossing. One time it took me seven minutes to cross the road on my mobility scooter.

“And I was once almost hit on my scooter.

“Everyone round here has made the same complaints.

“We now have a larger volume of traffic and there was to be a road being redone to bypass that.

“We just can’t seem to get answers.”

Local farmer Gilbert Hardman, 83, has been one of the worst hit by the flooding.

He explained: “There’s flooding everywhere. And the rainwater is coming in the drain and through my sewage pipe and has burst pipes.

“I’m having to empty my tank twice a day. I’m getting flooded all the time.

“I can barely get water out because there’s that much water in the system and going all the way down the park.

“The stuff out of the septic tank and the other water is not supposed to mix, so I don’t know where I go from here.

“The dirty water was coming through the house at one point, that’s where I first noticed it.

“It’s been getting worse since about Christmas time.

“There was flooding in the back garden as well. I’ve tried different things to stop it but it’s no use.

“It’s like a river the way the water overspills and floods all the way down the road.”

SLC say the flooding has become worse recently due to heavy rainfall, however continued work is expected to alleviate some of the issues.

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SLC’s head of roads and transportation, Colin Park, told us: “Recent heavy rainfall has resulted in areas of localized flooding on our road network.

“As part of our work in response to this, an inspection of Meikle Earnock Road will be undertaken and any safety defects will be repaired.

“The planned further housing development will result in a continuation of the upgraded Meikle Earnock Road and will improve the surface-water drainage network locally.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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