'It's like we're living on an island' - Bransgore residents feel 'marooned' as heavy rain leaves number of roads flooded

WET AND WILD: A car stuck in flood water at Derritt Lane between Sopley and Bransgore.

Jackie Russell and Heather Wright at the Coffee House in Bransgore

Drivers make their way across the Avon Causeway

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“WE’VE turned into an island – it’s as if we have been marooned.”

The wettest January in almost 250 years has affected those living in Bransgore more than most.

When the flooding has been particularly bad, it has closed both the Avon Causeway and Stony Lane while Derritt Lane has been impassable for several weeks.

The huge levels of surface water also forced the closure of Sopley School last Friday.

It’s meant that anyone wanting to venture from the village has first had to consider exactly how they are going to get there – and how long it might take.

At the Coffee House in the village centre, Jackie Russell describes the past few weeks as ‘an adventure’.

“It does feel like we’re living on an island,” she said.

“We’re not as badly off as other people, we could be living in Somerset, but you do have to think before you go anywhere.”

She is one of Bransgore’s community responders and said: “We have a huge problem at the moment because so many roads are flooded.

“We only have two vehicles and one is a van that has been off the road since Christmas because it can’t go through the floods.”

Colleague Heather Wright added: “It is a bit like being marooned. People trying to come in from Ringwood are finding it takes around 45 minutes. And the roads are bad – if you can avoid the flood, you can’t avoid the potholes.”

At Derritt Lane, Sopley, a Renault Clio has been abandoned in the floodwater.

Yet despite this visual warning, and prominent ‘road closed’ signs, motorists are still attempting to drive through the floods. A white Renault van makes it barely a third of the way across before getting stuck.

Richard Frampton, the chairman of Bransgore Parish Council, comes to his aid in his Land Rover.

Is this the first time he’s had to assist a stranded motorist?

“No, I did two yesterday,” he laughed. “Van drivers are the worst.

“One guy yesterday was trying to get to the airport to make a flight and got stuck. I took him up to the airport to make sure he got there in time.”

Patrick Northway, who is working near Derritt Lane, said: “I can’t understand people trying to come through here.

“I wouldn’t have thought people would be that stupid – you can’t even see where the road is.”

Maggie Laidlaw, who lives in Derritt Lane, has sandbags piled outside her property and has so far succeeded in keeping the water at bay.

She said: “The water came into our yard on Friday but we’ve managed to contain it.

“New Forest council has given us sandbags and helped us as much as we can but there’s only so much you can do.”

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10:59am Wed 12 Feb 14

saynomore says...

Just thought I would point out that you are living on an island it is called the British Isles.
Just thought I would point out that you are living on an island it is called the British Isles. saynomore
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11:27am Wed 12 Feb 14

retry69 says...

saynomore wrote:
Just thought I would point out that you are living on an island it is called the British Isles.
I'm sure that crossed many minds but didn't want to spoil their illusion lol
[quote][p][bold]saynomore[/bold] wrote: Just thought I would point out that you are living on an island it is called the British Isles.[/p][/quote]I'm sure that crossed many minds but didn't want to spoil their illusion lol retry69
  • Score: 6

11:44am Wed 12 Feb 14

barrybear says...

I have lived in bransgore for over 35 years it`s never been this bad befor.The response from the othorities has been terrible . Its all very well people complaining about people trying to get through the floods but locals tend to know exactly how deep these floods are . At 8am in the morning when you are battling to get to work on time who would not chance it. The problem in derrit lane is just driving out of Bransgore past the single carriageway bridge . If the tributary was cleared regularly then derrit lane would be passible. Also there would be an argument for raising the height of the road just past the bridge , it would only be for 50 meters.
I have already lost one tyre to the pot holes the answer is put a traffic cone in it then people will see it.
Why do we pay are council and road fund licence are we geting the sevice we pay for defiantly NOT.
I have lived in bransgore for over 35 years it`s never been this bad befor.The response from the othorities has been terrible . Its all very well people complaining about people trying to get through the floods but locals tend to know exactly how deep these floods are . At 8am in the morning when you are battling to get to work on time who would not chance it. The problem in derrit lane is just driving out of Bransgore past the single carriageway bridge . If the tributary was cleared regularly then derrit lane would be passible. Also there would be an argument for raising the height of the road just past the bridge , it would only be for 50 meters. I have already lost one tyre to the pot holes the answer is put a traffic cone in it then people will see it. Why do we pay are council and road fund licence are we geting the sevice we pay for defiantly NOT. barrybear
  • Score: 4

1:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

drJones says...

We are
We are drJones
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Franks Tank says...

barrybear wrote:
I have lived in bransgore for over 35 years it`s never been this bad befor.The response from the othorities has been terrible . Its all very well people complaining about people trying to get through the floods but locals tend to know exactly how deep these floods are . At 8am in the morning when you are battling to get to work on time who would not chance it. The problem in derrit lane is just driving out of Bransgore past the single carriageway bridge . If the tributary was cleared regularly then derrit lane would be passible. Also there would be an argument for raising the height of the road just past the bridge , it would only be for 50 meters.
I have already lost one tyre to the pot holes the answer is put a traffic cone in it then people will see it.
Why do we pay are council and road fund licence are we geting the sevice we pay for defiantly NOT.
"Road Fund Licence".....!
Oh I give up!
[quote][p][bold]barrybear[/bold] wrote: I have lived in bransgore for over 35 years it`s never been this bad befor.The response from the othorities has been terrible . Its all very well people complaining about people trying to get through the floods but locals tend to know exactly how deep these floods are . At 8am in the morning when you are battling to get to work on time who would not chance it. The problem in derrit lane is just driving out of Bransgore past the single carriageway bridge . If the tributary was cleared regularly then derrit lane would be passible. Also there would be an argument for raising the height of the road just past the bridge , it would only be for 50 meters. I have already lost one tyre to the pot holes the answer is put a traffic cone in it then people will see it. Why do we pay are council and road fund licence are we geting the sevice we pay for defiantly NOT.[/p][/quote]"Road Fund Licence".....! Oh I give up! Franks Tank
  • Score: 5

1:51pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Stereotyped says...

barrybear wrote:
I have lived in bransgore for over 35 years it`s never been this bad befor.The response from the othorities has been terrible . Its all very well people complaining about people trying to get through the floods but locals tend to know exactly how deep these floods are . At 8am in the morning when you are battling to get to work on time who would not chance it. The problem in derrit lane is just driving out of Bransgore past the single carriageway bridge . If the tributary was cleared regularly then derrit lane would be passible. Also there would be an argument for raising the height of the road just past the bridge , it would only be for 50 meters.
I have already lost one tyre to the pot holes the answer is put a traffic cone in it then people will see it.
Why do we pay are council and road fund licence are we geting the sevice we pay for defiantly NOT.
'road fund licence'... I assume you are referring to VED, Vehicle Excise Duty, which is the 'tax' you pay to use your vehicle on the roads. Hasn't been called 'road fund licence' or 'road tax' for many moons.

The money paid doesn't go into a 'pot' specifically for the roads...it is just another 'tax' which goes into one big large fund to be spent on many things. For all you know, your VED could be spent on a new park bench!
[quote][p][bold]barrybear[/bold] wrote: I have lived in bransgore for over 35 years it`s never been this bad befor.The response from the othorities has been terrible . Its all very well people complaining about people trying to get through the floods but locals tend to know exactly how deep these floods are . At 8am in the morning when you are battling to get to work on time who would not chance it. The problem in derrit lane is just driving out of Bransgore past the single carriageway bridge . If the tributary was cleared regularly then derrit lane would be passible. Also there would be an argument for raising the height of the road just past the bridge , it would only be for 50 meters. I have already lost one tyre to the pot holes the answer is put a traffic cone in it then people will see it. Why do we pay are council and road fund licence are we geting the sevice we pay for defiantly NOT.[/p][/quote]'road fund licence'... I assume you are referring to VED, Vehicle Excise Duty, which is the 'tax' you pay to use your vehicle on the roads. Hasn't been called 'road fund licence' or 'road tax' for many moons. The money paid doesn't go into a 'pot' specifically for the roads...it is just another 'tax' which goes into one big large fund to be spent on many things. For all you know, your VED could be spent on a new park bench! Stereotyped
  • Score: 1

2:35pm Wed 12 Feb 14

retry69 says...

Franks Tank wrote:
barrybear wrote:
I have lived in bransgore for over 35 years it`s never been this bad befor.The response from the othorities has been terrible . Its all very well people complaining about people trying to get through the floods but locals tend to know exactly how deep these floods are . At 8am in the morning when you are battling to get to work on time who would not chance it. The problem in derrit lane is just driving out of Bransgore past the single carriageway bridge . If the tributary was cleared regularly then derrit lane would be passible. Also there would be an argument for raising the height of the road just past the bridge , it would only be for 50 meters.
I have already lost one tyre to the pot holes the answer is put a traffic cone in it then people will see it.
Why do we pay are council and road fund licence are we geting the sevice we pay for defiantly NOT.
"Road Fund Licence".....!
Oh I give up!
Don't give up frank they will understand eventually lol
[quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barrybear[/bold] wrote: I have lived in bransgore for over 35 years it`s never been this bad befor.The response from the othorities has been terrible . Its all very well people complaining about people trying to get through the floods but locals tend to know exactly how deep these floods are . At 8am in the morning when you are battling to get to work on time who would not chance it. The problem in derrit lane is just driving out of Bransgore past the single carriageway bridge . If the tributary was cleared regularly then derrit lane would be passible. Also there would be an argument for raising the height of the road just past the bridge , it would only be for 50 meters. I have already lost one tyre to the pot holes the answer is put a traffic cone in it then people will see it. Why do we pay are council and road fund licence are we geting the sevice we pay for defiantly NOT.[/p][/quote]"Road Fund Licence".....! Oh I give up![/p][/quote]Don't give up frank they will understand eventually lol retry69
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2:53pm Wed 12 Feb 14

brianbadondayburr says...

Living on an island? Are you having a laugh?
Just stop moaning, think of those people up country been evacuated from their homes!
Just get a boat or a kayak and get over your selfs
Bunch of Badondays!
Living on an island? Are you having a laugh? Just stop moaning, think of those people up country been evacuated from their homes! Just get a boat or a kayak and get over your selfs Bunch of Badondays! brianbadondayburr
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3:27pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Franks Tank says...

retry69 wrote:
Franks Tank wrote:
barrybear wrote:
I have lived in bransgore for over 35 years it`s never been this bad befor.The response from the othorities has been terrible . Its all very well people complaining about people trying to get through the floods but locals tend to know exactly how deep these floods are . At 8am in the morning when you are battling to get to work on time who would not chance it. The problem in derrit lane is just driving out of Bransgore past the single carriageway bridge . If the tributary was cleared regularly then derrit lane would be passible. Also there would be an argument for raising the height of the road just past the bridge , it would only be for 50 meters.
I have already lost one tyre to the pot holes the answer is put a traffic cone in it then people will see it.
Why do we pay are council and road fund licence are we geting the sevice we pay for defiantly NOT.
"Road Fund Licence".....!
Oh I give up!
Don't give up frank they will understand eventually lol
Cheers for the encouragement.
I think I'm starting to get there.
Big thanks to "Stereotyped" for helping out this time round.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barrybear[/bold] wrote: I have lived in bransgore for over 35 years it`s never been this bad befor.The response from the othorities has been terrible . Its all very well people complaining about people trying to get through the floods but locals tend to know exactly how deep these floods are . At 8am in the morning when you are battling to get to work on time who would not chance it. The problem in derrit lane is just driving out of Bransgore past the single carriageway bridge . If the tributary was cleared regularly then derrit lane would be passible. Also there would be an argument for raising the height of the road just past the bridge , it would only be for 50 meters. I have already lost one tyre to the pot holes the answer is put a traffic cone in it then people will see it. Why do we pay are council and road fund licence are we geting the sevice we pay for defiantly NOT.[/p][/quote]"Road Fund Licence".....! Oh I give up![/p][/quote]Don't give up frank they will understand eventually lol[/p][/quote]Cheers for the encouragement. I think I'm starting to get there. Big thanks to "Stereotyped" for helping out this time round. Franks Tank
  • Score: 2

4:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Come on, it was only very recently that Road Fund Licence ceased to exist. 1936.
Come on, it was only very recently that Road Fund Licence ceased to exist. 1936. speedy231278
  • Score: 2

4:10pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Ahasuerus says...

Commensts re "Road Fund Licence". What a load of pedants!
Commensts re "Road Fund Licence". What a load of pedants! Ahasuerus
  • Score: 1

4:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Franks Tank says...

Ahasuerus wrote:
Commensts re "Road Fund Licence". What a load of pedants!
On the contrary.
Folk that think they pay the "Road Fund Licence" or "Road Tax" are generally also of the belief that this money finances the roads and therefore gives them some sort of God given "right of way" over those that do not pay "VED".

(Oh..., look now what's happened!)
[quote][p][bold]Ahasuerus[/bold] wrote: Commensts re "Road Fund Licence". What a load of pedants![/p][/quote]On the contrary. Folk that think they pay the "Road Fund Licence" or "Road Tax" are generally also of the belief that this money finances the roads and therefore gives them some sort of God given "right of way" over those that do not pay "VED". (Oh..., look now what's happened!) Franks Tank
  • Score: 1

5:51pm Wed 12 Feb 14

ashleycross says...

Are all the storm drains clear? Get the council to come out and check them with drain rods. Don't wait for them to come and do it, get onto them and insist that the drains are cleared.
Are all the storm drains clear? Get the council to come out and check them with drain rods. Don't wait for them to come and do it, get onto them and insist that the drains are cleared. ashleycross
  • Score: 2

6:51pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Bournemouth common sense says...

I live in bransgore. I think people are exaggerating a bit. The highcliffe and burley roads have always been open. Sometimes a bit of a round trip is required. Even the burton road is open at the moment.
I live in bransgore. I think people are exaggerating a bit. The highcliffe and burley roads have always been open. Sometimes a bit of a round trip is required. Even the burton road is open at the moment. Bournemouth common sense
  • Score: 5

8:50am Thu 13 Feb 14

Franks Tank says...

Floods have been part of our traditional way of life in the New Forest for hundreds of years.
You Townies don't understand the ways of the Forest.
If you don't like floods go back to the Thames Valley where you came from.
Floods have been part of our traditional way of life in the New Forest for hundreds of years. You Townies don't understand the ways of the Forest. If you don't like floods go back to the Thames Valley where you came from. Franks Tank
  • Score: 2

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