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Anger over mobile home park flooding after Storm Dennis

By Megan Archer | South Staffordshire | Environment | Published:

This shows the aftermath of flooding and disruption caused to a mobile home park after Storm Dennis.

The proposed Marina site in Swindon village and Hinksford mobile home park have both been flooded

Homes had to be evacuated after flood water rushed through Hinksford Mobile Home Park, in Hinksford, near Wall Heath.

People had to leave after around 45 homes were hit on the South Staffordshire District Council-managed site.

The proposed Marina site in Swindon village and Hinksford mobile home park have both been flooded

Residents were awoken in the middle of the night on Sunday after the site, between Smestow Brook and the adjacent River Stour, was hit by flood waters.

Gordon Fanthom sent images to the Express & Star showing the extent of the water levels still surrounding homes.

The park is close to Swindon Village Marina which has planning permission in place which could see it is expand to a 199-berth site.

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Mr Fanthom says the plans could exacerbate any future flooding issues at the park, off Swindon Road.

He said plans to build a marina on the land – which are currently in place – should be scrapped, as the area is so at risk of flooding.

Developers want to build a 199-berth marina development alongside the canal, right next to the mobile homes complex.

The proposed Marina site in Swindon village and Hinksford mobile home park have both been flooded

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Mr Fanthom said: "Hinksford Mobile home park has around 130 mobile homes and is behind and below the proposed marina site.

"Marina objectors have been campaigning to stop the marina from being built in the heart of Swindon village since 2010 due to flooding risk.

"If the marina had have been built or in the middle of construction then the flooding at the the mobile home park could have been much worse, these photos prove building a marina in this area between a canal and small river in the heart of a village was never a good idea."

South Staffordshire District Council and Land and Water Estates, which manages Swindon Village, have been approached for comment.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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