Kidsgrove residents taking a walk around Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove today would be better advised to take a boat with them when trying to navigate their way around Bathpool Park. The car park at the Tunstall end of the park was half closed off due to a lake being formed in the car park, however this was nothing compared to what visitors would find once entering the park.
Just 200 yards into the park on the public footpath and walkers are forced to try and navigate a flood on the path, which becomes small compared to what you would meet when walking under the railway bridge. Many visitors to the park were complaining about the state of the walkways around Bathpool Park today, not because it was wet, but because the tarmac footpath which has been installed seems to harbour water in places.
No one can doubt that the level of rain seen over the last few days would cause problems or the fact that Bathpool Park has been vastly improved over the last few years. Maybe something that the Friends of Bathpool Park and Newcastle-Borough-Council could look at investigating is the current drainage in place at the park and how this could be possibly improved in the future.
You can see some of the pictures of the flooding at Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove below;