AN IPING resident has hit out at the council for failing to repair the village’s roads.
Iping was one of the worst affected areas when storms lashed the country over the Christmas period.
Now, resident Jacquie Broadway has expressed her disappointment about the ‘deplorable’ state of the roads and drains, caused by flooding damage.
“I went to Nyewood from Rogate last week, that road has been resurfaced and the bridge cleared of weeds,” said Jacquie.
“We are months on from the great flood and there has been no sign of any road works in Iping.”
She says the roads around the church and the bridge are the worst affected and ‘has never been scraped, cleaned or repaired’.
Jacquie added: “The stones and gravel clogging the sides of the road hide the broken edges and tarmac.
“I have cleared the gulley on this side of the bridge in my own time and expense, but the drains remain blocked and overgrown. This community was devastated at Christmas and it is only now we are just returning to normal after extensive repairs to driveways and houses.
“We are two weeks away from the Iping Horse trials when hundreds of horse boxes and cars will cross the bridge and, if it is wet, it will cause mayhem.”
The Environment Agency visited the area after the River Rother burst its banks, causing water to gush into homes.
Officers met with residents to discuss their concerns, carried out dredging maintenance, and spoke with landowners and the National Flood Forum to set up an action group.
A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “We cleared the silt from the bridge at Iping by using a mini-digger earlier this year. Work gangs have also been at the site clearing weeds and silt manually. In recent weeks we cleared out the gully north of the bridge. Our team reassessed the site three weeks ago and found silt had built up again.
“We will return with the mini-digger as soon as this equipment is available.”