It is heartening to be able to report that, despite flat denials and a seeming desire to not want to take responsibility, that Leicestershire County Council is now admitting that two drains in the town centre were not working properly when the storms came last month.
The evidence was pretty damning on the night in question as this newspaper’s office and numerous other businesses were left under several inches of water.
The instant reaction from the powers-that-be was that the drains worked and nobody was to be blamed; this was just a freak act of nature.
Fast forward three weeks and the county council, faced with growing anger and, perhaps tellingly, video evidence, says there was a problem.
See Sharon Shannon from jewellery shop Halo’s video: Harborough Mail story with video.
Organisations such as the county council often give a kneejerk reaction when quizzed over such matters.
The default position is to make denials.
All people want from public bodies is honesty and open dialogue.
People in Market Harborough who experienced the floods were best placed to be able to explain what had happened, and what they saw with their own eyes has now been vindicated.
So, let’s get the work done and hope that there is no repeat of the floods.
It has been a traumatic time for many businesses and we now just want to get on with our jobs.
Column by Mail editor Neil Pickford.
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