ACTION to stop flooding at a South Elmsall charity shop should have been taken sooner, claim its exasperated owner.
The Little Hope charity shop on Barnsley road, which raises money for schools in Kenya, has sufferedrepeated flooding over the last year.
This week Wakefield Council installed a new drainage system in the area, but the shop’s owners said it took two other nearby shops to get flooded before action was finally taken.
Sharon Kerr-Hoggart and husband David Hoggart, have been running the store for the last five years.
The couple say they have lost around £800 after surface water came up through the floor, destroying carpets, a sofa and a chest of drawers.
Mrs Kerr-Hoggart said action should have been taken before things got so bad, claiming that input from the council only came after two neighbouring stores were flooded for the first time last month.
She said: “They’ve done nothing for us in the last 12 months. When I complained they said the gullies are cleaned every year but they’re not.”
Mrs Kerr-Hoggart finally issued a formal complaint to Wakefield Council last month.
She said: “It’s good it’s finally getting done, but you shouldn’t have to go to those extremes. When I’ve been moaning it just got shoved under the carpet.
“At least now that the other two shops have been flooded something’s been done about it. I know it sounds awful but it’s true in a sense.”
Ian Thomson, service director for planning, transportation and highways, said: “We are aware of the drainage problems at Little Hope charity shop where it would appear there are two specific problems. One related to road drainage, the other to the public sewer, which is a Yorkshire Water services responsibility.
“Every time the council has been made aware of flooding, an officer has visited to make sure that the gullies were clear and working. We accept that this has been an ongoing problem and are looking at a long term solution. We have replaced the gully pots to prevent any further flooding.”
Yorkshire Water said they had carried out recent checks of the public sewer, and were not aware of any issue on their part.