Our garden is a muddy puddle ...

4011114 SSFF garden flood 'Joanne Scott in her back garden which is prone to heavy flooding - at home in Tain Place, Kirkcaldy
4011114 SSFF garden flood 'Joanne Scott in her back garden which is prone to heavy flooding - at home in Tain Place, Kirkcaldy

a YOUNG Kirkcaldy couple’s dream home has turned into a nightmare because their garden floods every time it rains.

Joanne Scott (21) and partner Stuart Coles (24), moved into their four-bedroomed detached property in Tain Place on the new Sandford Park estate at the end of June, looking forward to starting their new life together.

However their plans of sitting out in the back garden of the property were dashed the first time it rained, as big puddles formed and did not drain away.

Sunny days

“We had brilliant plans of getting our garden just the way we wanted it and being able to enjoy sunny days in it, but that has just not happened, and we haven’t been able to do anything with it as it is constantly flooding,” explained project assistant, Joanne.

“Our next door neighbours have the same problem as us and we have both complained many times. Bett Homes told our neighbours they would fix the problem within two weeks of them moving in, but six months down the line they are still waiting.

“They keep telling us that the problem is coming from the adjacent land where water runs down, but if there was proper drainage in the gardens this wouldn’t happen.

Trench

“As a temporary measure Bett dug a six foot trench at the bottom of the gardens, but this has been lying full of water for months and it has turned stagnant and is smelling, and the gardens are still flooding.

“We were so excited about moving into our first home together, but this is just spoiling it.

“Another of our neighbours spent £6000 having their garden landscaped, but they have had to dig up most of it as it has been ruined by the flooding. It is a nightmare and after the heavy rain at the weekend it is just a mess.”

A spokesman for Bett Homes said: “The water that is affecting the properties at Sandford Park is coming from the adjacent land which is not owned by Bett Homes.

“We have been in dialogue with the owners for some time in an effort to rectify the issue of water from their land flowing onto ours. We’re happy to confirm the owners have now instructed works to take place.”