I blame developers, says flooded Peter

A man has been forced to buy a water pump for his cellar and he blames more building work in Calderdale for his flooding problems.

Peter Smith, 72, of Bairstows Buildings in Ovenden, Halifax, paid £400 for the pump to get rid of water that seeps up through the floor of his cellar.

He believes construction company Redrow is responsible for causing the flooding, which occurs when it rains.

The firm is building 90 homes on the former site of bed company Dorlux in Wheatley Chase.

Peter, who has lived at Bairstows Buildings since 2002, contacted the Courier after reading about the plight of residents in Blaithroyd Lane, Southowram, who also believe that the water table near their homes has shifted because of poorly planned construction work.

He said: “There was no problem until the old Dorlux site was bulldozed and levelled, and then Redrow came in and started building,” he said.

“They used hammer drills to excavate huge chunks of sandstone and while they were doing that they must have upset the water table.

“I’ve had to put a £400 pump in to push the water out. I’ve had two heart by-pass operations and at my age I don’t need this.”

Redrow said they had worked closely with Calderdale Council to assess drainage issues.

They said they had no evidence work on the site had affected the water table.

“We have not yet begun building on the land adjoining Mr Smith’s boundary but when we do we are more than willing to work with the local authority engineers to assess any issues,” the firm said.

Have you been affected by flooding because of nearby building sites? Let us know by emailing yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk.