Flood water traps Ashton residents in homes
FLOOD water, which regularly inundates a residential road near Helston, has left people trapped in their own homes.
Now residents in Hendra Close, Ashton, are coming to together to demand answers.
The road, which serves 27 houses, was never formally adopted by Cornwall Council or, when it was built during the 1970s and 1980s, by the former Kerrier District Council.
Without a top surface, water does not drain away properly and the road is riddled with potholes, said resident Dave Woodman.
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"Any time we have rain for more than about an hour, the road gets flooded," he said.
"The water doesn't get to the gullies and we feel like we've just been left.
"We have disabled residents here who can't leave their doors when it's rained, this could last for hours, stranded, owing to flooding."
He said previous attempts to talk to Cornwall Council have hit a dead end.
However, Councillor John Keeling has now become involved and the householders met last week to set up their own residents' association.
Mr Keeling said he would offer to talk to the council on the residents' behalf.
Mr Woodman added: "We have never asked for public money to be spent here only an investigation into why the close has been passed off three times and yet the issue of incorrect installation of the drains has never been addressed."
He said the council's officers brushed off their requests.
He said water was also believed to run into the close from the adjoining Hendra Lane, which is the responsibility of Cornwall Council.
A spokesman for Cornwall Council said: "While we appreciate the concerns expressed over Hendra Close, as this is an unadopted road, it is the responsibility of the local residents to carry out any maintenance and repairs.
"With reference to the issues of flooding it was the responsibility of the developer who built the estate to take all necessary steps to deal with any run-off from nearby areas.
"Unfortunately we have been unable to provide detailed information on the history of the road as this was an issue dealt with by the former Kerrier District Council and not by Cornwall Council."