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River of clay from Bellway Homes building site Imperial Park floods down Sutton Road and into homes in Paygate near Gore Court Road

15 August 2014
by Ed McConnell

The clay ran off the site in Sutton Road and covered gardens and driveways of homes in Paygate, near Gore Court Road.

Kent County Council has told developers Bellway Homes to install better drainage and boundaries to the area of arable land in two weeks.

Paygate off Sutton Road was flooded after clay from Imperial Park development was washed down the hill during heavy rain on Sunday

Paygate off Sutton Road was flooded after clay from Imperial Park development was washed down the hill during heavy rain on Sunday

Paygate off Sutton Road was flooded after clay from Imperial Park development was washed down the hill during heavy rain on Sunday

Paygate off Sutton Road was flooded after clay from Imperial Park development was washed down the hill during heavy rain on Sunday

Homeowners spent nine hours clearing up the mess and foot-high water at 11am on Sunday.

Rosabella Duffus, 70, said: "I woke up late to what looked like an orange river running down the road, all the cars were moving at snail's pace.

"When I got downstairs it was like curry sauce had seeped in through the garage. I still can’t get out there or into the garden because it's clogged up with clay and is so slippery."

Rosabella Duffus has damage in her house after mud and clay flooded the area fom the building site up the road

Rosabella Duffus has damage in her house after mud and clay flooded the area fom the building site up the road

Residents of Paygate off Sutton Road spent nine hours cleaning up after flooding on Sunday

Residents of Paygate off Sutton Road spent nine hours cleaning up after flooding on Sunday

Fellow resident Mark Hall and wife Katie claim that a Bellway Homes site manager told them the situation was not the company's responsibility and that several emails from the couple have gone unanswered.

"I woke up late to what looked like an orange river running down the road..." - pensioner Rosabella Duffus

Known as Imperial Park, the building site is on a large clay field and will eventually provide around 285 homes.

It has never previously flooded. Building work started in February.

Maidstone Borough Council sent a street cleaning team to the row of seven houses to jet wash the pavements.

As it is a private street residents will have to claim for the rest of the damage on their insurance.

Properties in Paygate were damged by mud and clay during heavy rain fall from the Imperial Court development up the road

Properties in Paygate were damged by mud and clay during heavy rain fall from the Imperial Court development up the road

Katie Lewis, of Kent County Council, said: "We met with Bellway Homes representatives to discuss immediate action to prevent further flooding.

"We have asked that the necessary work be completed within 14 days."

A Bellway spokesman said a team was due to be sent to Paygate yesterday to help clean up and additional work has taken place to stop soil and water being left on the road.

"Our consulting engineers will carry out a detailed site evaluation this week to provide a more robust solution until permanent connections to public drainage systems have been made."

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