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Parents and dog-walkers in Dunstable have raised concerns over the severity of flooding in their local park, with one claiming it has been a problem for over three years.
Brierley Close resident Phillip Wells told the Gazette that Mentmore Crescent Play Area floods heavily “every time it rains”.
Mr Wells – who worked in building and groundwork for 55 years – also said there is a simple solution to the problem.
The Brierley Close resident told the Gazette: “The car park is about a foot too high on the field side. Water has nowhere to go.
“They just need to run the water out with a trench, but the council have told me they don’t have the money.
“I’ve been out there with a spade to dig a slit trench into the cornfield but that can’t cope, especially when there’s a lot of melted snow.
“I’ve been on at the council for about three years now. It’s probably been a problem for longer than that.
“I take the dog down there twice a day, but I think it’s worse for children having to deal with it.”
The playing field, owned by Dunstable Town Council, features two football pitches and a children’s play area.
Another resident said: “It’s worse for people that bring dogs here in cars to walk them through the mud, then for them to get back in the car – children too!”
The council’s head of grounds and environmental services John Crawley said: “I have spoken with Mr Wells and he has made some suggestions as to what could be done.
“If it’s going to cost tens of thousands of pounds then there’s not much we can do.
“It floods when there has been really heavy rainfall, but even the roads flood when the rain is that bad.
“I will have another look at the situation, and the council will try and improve access to the recreation ground.”
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