Dec 14 2012 by Craig Robertson, Kilmarnock Standard
Residents in a block of flats in Kilmarnock have been hit by flooding four times in the last year.
And they’re demanding action after a notorious water pipe next to their homes burst once again this week.
Douglas Osborne is leading the campaign on behalf of neighbours at Gillsburn Gardens.
And he says the local authority has never got to the root of the problem at the council-owned site just off Dean Street.
The 72-year-old said: “They’ve come out so many times to look at this but it keeps happening over and over again.
“It happened in July this year and its happened again.
“To me it’s a problem with the vibration coming from the lorries which rattle past.”
On Monday gallons of the water could be seen gushing out of the grass verge and flowing underneath the properties.
Much of it had turned to ice.
Mr Osborne, who has lived there for more than 10 years with wife Nan, said: “Nobody’s home has been flooded out but you worry about what sort of damage it’s causing underneath.
“The whole area area around the flats is also sodden and we have to put up with this time after time.”
Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s a health hazard out there.
“I’ve seen visitors slipping on it and everytime you come in you have to negotiate this fast flowing water.”
Council officials have accepted that there is an issue with flooding at the flats.
A spokeswoman for the local authority promised on Tuesday that it would be looked at.
She said: “The council has been required to respond to bursts occurring at these flats on four occasions in the past two years.
“On this occasion, when the report was received that a burst had occurred a line was issued to our contractor who is scheduled to repair the burst today.
“Given the number of bursts that have been experienced in a relatively short period at these flats the council has asked that the contractor provides us with indicative costs for the pipe leading from the mains Toby to the properties to be renewed.
“On receipt of this we will give consideration to this forming a work package next year and will then write to owners within the block making them aware of our intentions and what their share of the potential costs will be.”