A Paisley woman who is worried persistent flooding will affect the value of her house has urged Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Water to put their heads together and solve the problem.

Betty Johnston is fed up with having to wade through water when going in and out of her property in Cluny Drive, which has been badly affected during bouts of heavy rainfall.

The 65-year-old, a medical receptionist, claimed she has reported the problem numerous times to both organisations but feels nothing has been done to rectify it.

Glasgow Times: “I just feel as if I’m banging my head against a brick wall,” Betty said. “When I report it to Renfrewshire Council, they’ll say they’ll get someone out to look at it.

“I’ve been on to Scottish Water, who say it’s not really their problem, it’s a drainage problem.

“The council say it’s actually a sewage problem. It’s as if they’re passing the buck with each other.”

Betty said her driveway has sunk due to the volume of water that builds up and she has had to move her car on a number of occasions during recent adverse weather events in October and January to prevent it being damaged.

On top of that, there have been occasions when she has had to stay at her son’s in Neilston after her neighbours have advised her not to come home from work because the flooding has been so bad.

She explained: “The property is a four-in-a-block, I’m at the top. It comes right up the path at times and, at one point, my neighbour downstairs, they have a cellar, and there was three-and-a-half feet of water in the cellar.

“The buildings have air vents in the brickwork and because of the sheer height of the water, it actually gets in and lies in the foundations of the building.

“My argument with the council and Scottish Water is that the water damage is going to have a detrimental effect on the value of my house if I ever wanted to sell it.”

Glasgow Times: Betty first moved into the family home in Cluny Drive in 1966 but moved away when she got married in 1980. However, she returned to the area and the house she is in now in 1986. Flooding has been a problem in the street for as long as she can remember.

“I feel as if they need to get together and come up with some sort of plan to get this flooding issue resolved,” she said.

“With climate change now, we’re getting warmer summers and colder winters with adverse weather conditions and I just feel as if this problem is only going to get worse and worse.”

A spokesperson for Renfrewshire Council said: “We are aware of flooding issues on Cluny Drive in Paisley and our teams regularly attend to clean the gullies on the street.

“However, the capacity of Scottish Water’s receiving combined sewer at this location is struggling to deal with the weather we have been experiencing.

“We are in regular contact with Scottish Water about this and have asked them to consider installing a capital scheme to increase the capacity of the combined sewer which should help address flooding issues on Cluny Drive.”

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “We have found no sewer-related issues at this location with the flooding being surface-related due to extreme weather.

“We work in partnership with local authorities but while surface water may drain to the combined sewer system in the area, the local authority has responsibility before it gets to the sewer.

“It is important for customers to contact us directly whenever flooding occurs to help us build a picture of what is happening and inform any investigation.”