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Bexley council 'improvement' works cause Crayford dental practice to flood

PUBLISHED: 10:01 16 September 2010

Dentist practice flooding

Dentist practice flooding

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A dental practice owner says he is losing clients after council contractors raised the curb on the street causing his surgery to flood whenever it rains.

Barry Street, 53, has owned Crayford Dental Studio, in The Parade, Crayford, since 2000, but for more than a year he claims he has been losing income following work to the forecourt commissioned by Bexley council as part of the town’s regeneration.

He says that whenever there is heavy rain, water comes into his practice and the ground-floor landing of the flat which he owns above the business.

Mr Street said: “It is diabolical. The council won’t admit it. It is saying it hasn’t raised the curb and it hasn’t taken the drain away. It won’t admit it has made a mistake. Every time it rains, there is water. It is dangerous as we don’t have carpet in the practice. It is a private practice and clients aren’t impressed with it. We have lost revenue. The sub-contractors should be the ones who should pay. They did it at the council’s expense.”

A spokesperson for Bexley council said: “There is no evidence to suggest that the regeneration of Waterside Gardens in 2008 causes flooding to occur at this site.

“However, because of the investment already made in the area and the concerns of local property owners it was agreed that the council would try and improve the situation.

“Last week Mr Street, who originally withheld consent, contacted us and told us he would withhold consent again unless we agreed not to pay the contractor.

“He still feels the contractor is to blame. We have explained that the contractor has never been at fault and the proposed works are additional to the earlier improvement works carried out in 2008.

“Rather than cause further distress to the J & K Coaches (a business also on the street) the council is now proposing to carry out improvements works to the dental studio only. It is hoped these will start early October.”

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