Fed up & flooded out!

Ann and Jim Barber's flooded garden in Jamphlars Road, Cardenden
Ann and Jim Barber's flooded garden in Jamphlars Road, Cardenden

FED-UP Cardenden residents are hoping a new solution to a long-running flooding saga will be found soon.

Households in the Woodend and Jamphlars area of the village have been plagued by flood water coming from water courses contaminated by red oxide from old mine workings.

The problems stretch back five years, with various solutions being put forward and discarded, the latest to pump flood water from Woodend to Westfield – which has been discarded because it is unlikely to be given approval from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

However last week Fife Council said it was investigating the possibility of a new plan, to pump the excess water to another area next to the golf course.

A resolution can’t come soon enough for Ann and Jim Barber of Jamphlars Road whose back garden is constantly flooded.

Red ochre

Mr Barber (63) said: “I’ve lost the garage, garden shed, fruit trees and the vegetable patch.

“Everything the water touches is coated in red ochre. It’s absolutely horrendous and soul destroying.

“About 30 to 40 per cent of our garden has been lost and we fear it will affect the house foundations.”

David Taylor, secretary of Cardenden and Kinglassie Community Council, said he hoped the Council would report back to residents at the next meeting on April 19.

“The situation has been getting steadily worse and there seems to be more water in the Woodend and Jamphlars area where the pond regularly floods.

Development

“Some problems seem to have been worsened by development in the areas which has diverted the natural water course and forced it elsewhere.

“There are plans to plant reed beds to filter the water, but we don’t know how much of the water this will treat, and it won’t stop the amount of water.”

Douglas Mayne, Fife Council’s team leader for environmental strategy, said: “The original plan for treatment at Jamphlars Pond was to pipe the water back to Westfield.

‘‘That process we are now told would require a Control Activities Regulations (CAR) and SEPA would be unlikely to grant such an application.

“We have investigated the problem and asked our consultants, Envirocentre, to come up with another plan to pipe the water to an area of ground near the golf course where there will be a treatment system constructed.”