Attempts by Bishop's Cleeve man to stop flooding stopped by parish council
A RESIDENT'S attempt to prevent flooding in Bishop's Cleeve have been blocked by the parish council.
Paul Holliday has created a wire contraption to help catch rubbish and stray branches along a stream in the sports field.
But despite placing it in the water on numerous occasions, it has been removed by the authority each time.
Paul, of Deacons Place, believed the contraption would prevent rubbish piling up and causing flooding on the A435.
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He installed two iron pegs on both sides of the stream, joined by a thick wire mesh, to stop the litter from piling up further down.
But the parish council owns the sports field and half of the watercourse, where the contraption is.
He first put in the unofficial point in 2010, 25m from the blocked culvert. It was subsequently removed by the parish council.
During the heavy rainfall in August last year, Mr Holliday reinstalled the apparatus, which was again removed.
He tried installing it again on December 26 during the heavy rain over Christmas, and again on January 29. They were removed both times.
Mr Holliday said: "This is an injustice towards my diligent volunteer efforts.
"Worst of all however, is the irresponsible causing of flooding by the idiosyncratic feuding of just a few individuals.
"There has been a lack of responsibility from the parish council, and therefore I had to take action. This is supposed to be a team effort."
He fears his house, which is close to the overflow, could be flooded.
Mr Holliday added: "The apparatus is so successful because is so simple.
"It is just two stakes with a simple small roll of pig wire debris filter.
"It really works, and it is so effective.
" I had to lift so much rubbish that blocked the culvert that was blocking the flow of water.
"I've been fighting this for so many years."
He was inspired to find out the problem after he rescued a motorist who was flooded out on the A435 in 1985.
He said: "On that day I resolved that I would personally investigate the cause of flooding at that site if it happened again."
Bishop's Cleeve parish council declined to comment.