FLOODING remains a problem in a Cheshire village despite Welsh Water spending thousands of pounds sorting out the drains.
The monthly meeting of Malpas Parish Council heard a moratorium on new housing must remain in force until the situation was resolved.
Members were told flash-flooding was affecting a handful of residents in the Well Meadow area despite Welsh Water's contractors Daniels increasing the capacity of the system.
In an apparently separate issue, gardens in Springfield Avenue have been permanently flooded for 13 weeks.
Pensioner Janet James, who suffers every time there is a downpour, told the meeting she had recently been flooded for the eighth time since 2001.
'It's unbelievable,' she said. 'I came down the next morning and there was water in the house.
'Cllr Ebben came round andshowed methenewpipes and inspection chambers they have put in. It doesn't seem to have done the trick.'
She said another neighbour had sewage in her garden and mentioned the problem in Springfield.
'The problem has not yet been solved unfortunately, although Welsh Water did a tremendous job with the new drain pipes,' she added.
Clerk Ruth Jacks said Cllr Eric Beak, who was not present, had promised to investigate.
Meanwhile, Springfield Avenue residents are unhappy after water started pouring out of a field to the rear of their Chester & District Housing Trust homes more than three months ago, water-logging their gardens.
The area is known for its natural springs, hence the name of the road, but residents say they have never had problems before. All kinds of efforts have been made to resolve the flooding but to no avail.
Residents told the meeting tests had been carried out which revealed it was not tap water, although they remain sceptical. They suspect a burst main may be the cause rather than a spring.
One female resident, who lives in a Chester & District Housing Trust property, said: 'The housing trust don't want to know. They have tried to blame Daniels. But the water started before Daniels.'
A male resident said: 'I think the water is getting into a land drain and is finding its way out. Nobody wants to follow it up.'
The householders said at one stage there had been four inches of water around their garden sheds forming 'a little lake'.
'All the time it just keeps coming. Thirteen weeks is a long time!,' said one woman.
City and parish councillor Keith Ebben said: 'We have two problems here. We still have flash-flooding and this spring has suddenly appeared. It seems strange bearing in mind we have had a dry winter that a spring should suddenly appear.'
He added: 'There can be no question of any development on this side of the village if this is still an ongoing problem.'
Outgoing chairman Anna Pattensaid: 'It seems we have come full circle again in asking whether the drainage is adequate.'
Cllr Rosie Caine said Greenway Lane had suffered flooding which she believed was caused by the grids getting blocked up with straw and not being cleared on a regular basis.