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Flood defences need 'improving'
Councillor David Bill
Councillor Bill wants agencies to work together to solve the problem.
More investment is needed to improve flood defences in parts of Leicestershire, a councillor has said.

County councillor David Bill said flooding seemed to be getting worse even though there were no major rivers or lakes in the area.

He said some residents in Hinckley have reported flooding on their properties three or four times in the last year.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said it was leading a co-ordinated response to the problem.

'Afraid of flooding'

A spokesperson from the borough council said the authority would be meeting with Severn Trent and the Environment Agency to find out who could take responsibility for the problem.

Councillor David Bill said: "Some places that are flooding are in well established areas that can't be blamed on new development."

He said constituents had written to him saying water flows down the roads and through the gardens in some neighbourhoods.

Some residents are building breeze-block walls around their front gardens because they are afraid of flooding, he said.

He called on Severn Trent, the Environment Agency and local councils to work together to tackle the problem.

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