Tyres add to flood problem

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Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

The front page article (Citizen, April 15) included a shocking photo of tyres dumped illegally in the Barkers Lane dyke in March, and went on to say how fly tipping could cost as much as £75K a year.

I agree wholeheartedly with the tone of the article. I believe that the people who carry out these offences are lawless and show only contempt for our countryside, also their actions will lead to a real risk of local flooding.

But local flooding has already occurred; last August 8 saw an unprecedented deluge of rain in a few hours which resulted in much flooding around March.

The Barkers Lane dyke is already unable to cope with large amounts of rain due to its being filled with silt and badly overgrown, which caused the Neale Wade sports field and our rear garden to be flooded, almost entering our property with only a half-inch to spare.

A secondary dyke in the sports field should flow in to the larger dyke but it is also overgrown and filling in.

Both dykes are the responsibility of the Middle Level Management Board and, as it doesn’t take much rain to cause a problem, I appeal to them to carry out much needed, long overdue, maintenance on them before the next heavy downfall please.

Tony Ostermeyer,

March.


MEDICAL LOANS

Help town’s vital scheme

It has recently been reported that Whittlesey St John Ambulance is no longer operating a medical loans scheme.

I would like to remind residents of Chatteris and immediate area that Chatteris Community Group is running a Good Neighbour Medical Loans Service.

This is run by unpaid volunteers and loans are issued for a short time only, a maximum of two months.

Those in need are able to borrow wheelchairs, commodes, etc, by producing ID, leaving a deposit and signing a form promising to take care of the item, pay for repairs or replacement if it gets damaged, returning it on time and making a suitable donation for its use.

I hope to run an open garden event this year to raise funds for the loans service. I am looking for five or six garden owners willing to share their gardens.

The possible dates are Sunday, June 14, or Sunday, July 5, between 2pm and 6pm. Chatteris Community Group will produce and keep the money for the programmes at the cost of £2 per person, but the garden owners may serve refreshments, run a stall or draw to raise funds for a charity of their choice.

For more information on the medical loans service or the open gardens event contact Lillian on 01354 695154.

Lillian Oakey,

Chatteris.


ANGLIAN WATER TARIFFS

I expect to pay less for less

Oh, I did chuckle. I too am on Anglian Water’s Solow tariff. I am dedicated to being as environmentally friendly as I can.

I had a meter installed and I guard every drop. Here was I imagining I would be rewarded for my frugality by paying less. I gave myself a pat on the back and felt quite smug.

After all I was helping to save our planet and getting a good deal. But now I read, this is not so any more.

We are still urged to be frugal and use less, but now Anglian Water plans a whole raft of increases so that, despite my using less, I will pay more.

Then Martyn Oakley (director of customer services)states that the increases are in order to ‘make things fair’ for their other customers.

Presumably those not on a meter who use water heavily. In other words, once again, responsible people, who try to do the right thing, get penalised and have to subsidise the less responsible ones.

Well frankly, Mr Oakley, I have a mind to clear out the old cistern on my property, install underground rainwater harvesting and storing tanks and collect my own flipping water.

Then you can poke your charges, Solow tariff and water meter where the sun doesn’t shine, as I will have no need to subscribe to your overpriced product and skewed ideas.

If I use less of something, I expect to pay less. I do not expect to have to subsidise greedy beggars who want to use as much as they please. I am fortunate enough to have a cesspit, too, so I would have no need for Anglian Water.

Luckily for me and others of a like mind, rainwater harvesting products, with pumps etc, already exist and are easily purchased and installed.

However what’s the betting Anglian Water then insists that it owns the rain and wants to charge me for every drop I harvest!!!

Pam Thompson,

Tydd St Giles.