Concerns raised over the lack of availability of sandbags in Tewkesbury
BOROUGH council bosses in Tewkesbury are under fire for failing to provide enough sandbags.
With heavy rain having severely tested drainage systems in parts of the town in recent days, some residents were unable to get sandbags to protect their properties from possible flooding.
Town, borough and county councillor Vernon Smith said the situation was particularly alarming in Ashchurch Road, due to flooding caused by a blocked pipe close to The Canterbury pub.
And he criticised the borough council for agreeing to deliver sandbags to some people there, while telling others they had to collect them from the council's offices in Tewkesbury or its depot in Cheltenham. After having heated discussions with borough bosses, he was reminded that its policy was to only deliver sandbags to elderly, ill or vulnerable people.
But he said he felt the council had "a moral obligation" to provide sandbags to all those who needed them. He said: "I couldn't believe the officers were taking such a jobsworth attitude. They stuck to their guidelines and would not bend from them."
He now hopes to get the borough council's policy on delivering sandbags changed by submitting a motion to a full council meeting.
The borough said it covered a huge area and did not have the capacity to offer a delivery service to all households. Its lead member for clean and green environment, Councillor Jim Mason, said: "We always review the effectiveness of our response following an emergency, and we will make sure we take this feedback on board."