ECHO COMMENT: Tewkesbury councillors must learn a simple lesson - flood bunkers need sand
ON the face of it having sand bunkers in flood-risk areas is a great idea.
When the waters start to rise, local residents always have to act independently to protect their homes.
And if they know there is a sand bunker nearby, they can fill up bags themselves without having to get anybody else involved.
It was always going to make sense to have bunkers in Tewkesbury after the chaos the floods caused in 2007.
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So bunkers were set up in Station Road, Gloucester Road and at Tewkesbury School.
But it only works if a constant supply of sand is kept in the bunkers.
Astonishingly, when the floods returned last month, all three bunkers were empty.
And the response from local councils is nothing short of pathetic.
The town council, which put in the bunkers, seems to be saying that it does not know how the system was due to work and assumed the borough council was responsible for keeping them topped up. The borough council says it is nothing to do with them.
So, in short, the town council had a good idea but completely ignored the practicalities of making it work.
It’s no wonder the poor taxpayers in the town, many of whose homes were again at risk of flooding, were left scratching their heads.
The town council must get this sorted and quickly.
THREE friends having a chat over a pint late at night at their local social club.
It’s a scenario that is repeated all over the county.
But for the three regulars at the New Social and Services Club in Cirencester, this one ended rather differently.
They were confronted by three robbers who wanted the weekend’s takings, and, when they tried to stand in their way, were given a beating.
The men deserve the highest praise for their actions even though they would have been advised not to get involved.
To them, their very way of life was being attacked and it is no surprise they acted as they did.
The details of the intruders who are sketchy but if you know anything and want to contact the police anonymously, use the Crimestoppers number 0800 555111.
They are dangerous and need to be caught.