We’re up in arms over lake outside our pub

Essex County Standard: We’re up in arms over lake outside our pub We’re up in arms over lake outside our pub

PUB regulars say a huge puddle outside their local is Essex’s newest water feature.

A blocked drain results in water collecting on the pavement outside the Hospital Arms in Crouch Street, Colchester, every time it rains.

The water leaves a thick layer of silt, which makes the path very slippery.

Lindsey Heward, who runs the pub with her sister Ros Puffett, said: “We get comment after comment. Everybody comes in and says: ‘I see the lake is back’.

“It comes halfway across the pavement – it is absolutely disgusting.

“Anyone who walks through it in the dark will ruin their shoes and if they slip on it, they could break their leg.”

Essex County Standard:

Staff alerted Essex County Council to the problem in July and have regularly renewed their appeal for help, but to no avail.

Ms Heward said: “I’m disgusted the council hasn’t done anything about it.

“It reflects badly on us because it looks like we haven’t bothered to do anything about it. We have to pay our business rates right on the dot, but we don’t get the service we require.”

The landladies have put a sign outside the pub asking people to complain directly to the county council.

A council spokesman said: “Our highways team is aware of a drainage issue in Crouch Street, thought to be due to a blocked gully.

“This is due to be cleared by the end of January.”

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7:31am Thu 2 Jan 14

angryman!!! says...

Suprise suprise the council not acting quick enough
Suprise suprise the council not acting quick enough angryman!!!

9:37am Thu 2 Jan 14

friday_woods says...

Good luck to the Hospital Arms! Hopefully they will act sooner now. Good pub this too, always have a couple before popping next door to Curry India.
Good luck to the Hospital Arms! Hopefully they will act sooner now. Good pub this too, always have a couple before popping next door to Curry India. friday_woods

10:22am Thu 2 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

Not taking the lack of effort from the council lightly but if it was me I would invest in a small submersible pump rather than see my business suffer and cause possible injuries to my patrons?
Not taking the lack of effort from the council lightly but if it was me I would invest in a small submersible pump rather than see my business suffer and cause possible injuries to my patrons? totallyfootball

12:29pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Ontheball says...

Lazy, useless, incompetent jobsworths infest ECC who are totally to blame for this situation. They are also to responsible for the same problem in Bakers Lane, where they keep blaming the local farmer for flooding, when the two drains to the side of the flooded road are both blocked (and have been for years). They do nothing as usual.

Oh how I would love some of these jobsworths to be sacked for not doing their jobs. I bet if this sort of situation was outside County Hall, it would be cleared within the hour!!!!!
Lazy, useless, incompetent jobsworths infest ECC who are totally to blame for this situation. They are also to responsible for the same problem in Bakers Lane, where they keep blaming the local farmer for flooding, when the two drains to the side of the flooded road are both blocked (and have been for years). They do nothing as usual. Oh how I would love some of these jobsworths to be sacked for not doing their jobs. I bet if this sort of situation was outside County Hall, it would be cleared within the hour!!!!! Ontheball

1:39pm Thu 2 Jan 14

greenbroker says...

Drains used to cleared out on a regular basis. Then the cutbacks........ Now they only get unblocked when they get blocked.....If you're lucky.
Drains used to cleared out on a regular basis. Then the cutbacks........ Now they only get unblocked when they get blocked.....If you're lucky. greenbroker

3:26pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hamiltonandy says...

I looked at this puddle and it is impressive. If the drains keep getting blocked perhaps one solution would be to cut out part of the wall so it goes down the road. Council would not object as they clearly do not care about the present problem.
I looked at this puddle and it is impressive. If the drains keep getting blocked perhaps one solution would be to cut out part of the wall so it goes down the road. Council would not object as they clearly do not care about the present problem. Hamiltonandy

10:57pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Muk says...

Completely lost it at the picture of the old fella dangling his fishing rod pretend fishing!
Completely lost it at the picture of the old fella dangling his fishing rod pretend fishing! Muk

10:47am Fri 3 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

It's all that fat from curry india?or tenna's from the old folks home maybe.andys idea of knocking a few bottom bricks out of the wall might work.
It's all that fat from curry india?or tenna's from the old folks home maybe.andys idea of knocking a few bottom bricks out of the wall might work. stevedawson

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