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Floody HELL!

PUBLISHED: 12:17 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:56 25 August 2010

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE: Karl outside the shop on Monday.

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE: Karl outside the shop on Monday.

CLAIMS of shoddy workmanship have left a businessman scrambling for sandbags in a futile bid to stop his shop flooding every time there is a downpour.

CLAIMS of shoddy workmanship have left a businessman scrambling for sandbags in a futile bid to stop his shop flooding every time there is a downpour.

On Monday, Karl Brazier, owner of Jay and Jay Coach Tours based in The Parade, Crayford, got an SOS call from his sales assistant Abbey Thompson that rainwater was pouring through the front door.

He set off from his outlet in Swanley to find his Crayford shop under four inches of water and muck from the road outside - the third time the shop has flooded in less than three weeks.

Popular among the area's pensioners for coach holidays and day trips, the shop has had to close four days in recent weeks, costing thousands of pounds in lost bookings alone.

Mr Brazier, with trousers rolled up to his knees, barefoot and broom in hand sweeping the water out of his reception, said: "I'm sick of this, I need action and fast.

"The first time it happened there was thick mud and water everywhere. We spent three days mopping up, cleaning skirting boards, getting muck out of the phone sockets.

"Our computers were wrecked, the broadband was wiped out so we couldn't make bookings. The water has got under the wood flooring which may have to be replaced.

"It's horrendous, a complete nightmare and when it rains we are completely powerless to do anything to stop it flooding the shop."

He says he warned Bexley council on June 26 about the path outside, which has sunk since it was laid last autumn, creating pools outside his shop.

Mr Brazier said the council's response was "ring us if anything happens".

The next day the shop flooded, then again on July 7 and on Monday, due to the path's slope and a lack of a sink away drain from a gutter pipe.

Mr Brazier said: "The council has been very lax. It's as though they are in denial about the shoddy workmanship.

"I need them to sort this mess out because every time it rains we get flooded."

A spokesman for Bexley council said: "The paving outside the shop has settled since being laid and is due to be relaid, but this has not been the cause of the flooding to this property as the settlement is actually taking rain water away from the property frontage.

"If the paving were to be completely level this would lead to more rainwater being 'pushed' towards the property. Mr Brazier has been informed of this."

However, on inspection by the Times, the sloping path appears to funnel water down towards the shop.

Mr Brazier has reassured customers that bookings already made are completely safeguarded.

martin.sawden@archant.co.uk

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