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Flooded road, making cars splash pedestrians

Reported via mobile in the Surface water on Highway category anonymously at 10:43, Sunday 31 January 2021

Sent to Central Bedfordshire Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 350385.

Water comes out of the ground by the park (park side) on common roads and quickly builds up all the way along that side of the road as far as the school, whenever there is rain. As a result of the river caused, cars splash the water up onto the path and pedestrians. Happens frequently. Can the council invest in a solution please.

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  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Central Bedfordshire Council at 10:43, Sunday 31 January 2021

  • Thank you for your Highways report.
    We have now inspected the defect an no planned repair is neccesary at this stage. Please be assured that we will continue to monitor and inspect the road in line with our Network Maintenance Management Plan.
    Thank you for reporting this matter,
    Central Bedfordshire Council Highways.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 17:34, Tuesday 2 February 2021

  • Customer has emailed in with regards to the blcoked gully outside number 66 Common Road Kensworth.

    And goes onto advise:

    The drive routinely floods/pools at the road end and in the course of investigating this, my contractor and I found that there is a gully in the footway that was completely blocked with soil. We have removed this as best we could but believe the two outlets that lead under the footway and into the road are also blocked. There is no grid on the gully (I have covered it to protect pedestrians short term – but this needs attention) and the rim is damaged.

    I need to confirm this is your gully – and then request that it is repaired.

    The footway slopes away from the road toward the properties and there are dished paving blocks in the footway that direct the water towards the blocked gully. Of course, this water now drains along our drive and in storm conditions overwhelms the permeable layer. Recent storms have seen the house flooded through the front door which is now sandbagged.

    The adjacent property No 86 has quite recently had a dropped kerb and I strongly suspect that under storm conditions water falling on the road downhill from the gully outside No 86 flows with the camber, over the dropped kerb, onto the footway – but down our drive not down the gully.

    Customer would like to be contacted on: 07850 685378.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 09:41, Friday 16 July 2021

  • Snippet from the email sent from resident below -

    'I am not aware of any action being taken on this since notified a month ago. As noted we have covered the open gully in the footway with a plywood sheet but this has been moved from time to time and I am worried that a pedestrian will hurt themselves. I’d also like to see this sorted out as recent storms have again seen my drive under water coming from the footway.'

    I am unsure, from reading the CRN whether the full extent of the issue is clear,. Are we able to reasses?

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 14:53, Thursday 5 August 2021

  • Thank you for your Highways report.
    Following you report we have carried out an inspection and raised an order to repair your identified issue and this has now been added to our programme of works.

    Many thanks,
    Central Bedfordshire Council Highways

    Please be advised that during a site visit the only gully that looked blocked was the gully opposite the village store just before the juction on The Chilterns. An order will be raised to have this gully cleared. If there is still more defects present then please report this whilst at the site of the defect, this helps the GPS locate exactly where the inspector should inspect, also please attach as many photos as possible. Thank you.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 23:58, Wednesday 18 August 2021

  • Email from resident;

    This is frustrating. You ask for photos but I already sent several of these in July – together with both a GPS file (KML – Google Earth) and an aerial plan showing the location to within 30cm. I am reattaching these. This is nowhere near the village store. This is in the footway by No 84, about 150m west of the village store.

    The what3words location is:

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    and the GPS coordinates are:

    51.850550° Latitude
    -0.498373° Longitude

    Your inspector should look for a plywood sheet that is covering the gully to prevent pedestrians hurting themselves, but which (as noted) does get moved – presumably by kids.

    As I said in July:

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    The drive routinely floods/pools at the road end and in the course of investigating this, my contractor and I found that there is a gully in the footway that was completely blocked with soil. We have removed this as best we could but believe the two outlets that lead under the footway and into the road are also blocked. There is no grid on the gully (I have covered it to protect pedestrians short term – but this needs attention) and the rim is damaged.

    I need to confirm this is your gully – and then request that it is repaired.

    The footway slopes away from the road toward the properties and there are dished paving blocks in the footway that direct the water towards the blocked gully. Of course, this water now drains along our drive and in storm conditions overwhelms the permeable layer. Recent storms have seen the house flooded through the front door which is now sandbagged.

    The adjacent property No 86 has quite recently had a dropped kerb and I strongly suspect that under storm conditions water falling on the road downhill from the gully outside No 86 flows with the camber, over the dropped kerb, onto the footway – but down our drive not down the gully!
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    Please can you give me a firm timescale for inspection and rectification as the delay since July is getting absurd.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 10:33, Wednesday 22 September 2021

  • Thank you for your Highways report.
    Following you report we have carried out an inspection and raised an order to repair your identified issue and this has now been added to our programme of works.

    Many thanks,
    Central Bedfordshire Council Highways

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 13:04, Monday 27 September 2021

  • Though I have heard essentially nothing since raising the issue in July, a crew did arrive the other day and they replaced the grid on the gully. That resolves the pedestrian hazard, but they reported that they had not been tasked with clearing the gully so it works, and were not equipped to do this.

    I’m glad to have the answer to my very first question: is this your gully? It seems it is.

    I just took advantage of a rain shower to see where the water flows and it seems that the dropped kerb to my drive allows water from the entire road downhill (east) of the road gully outside No 86 to flow onto the footway where the blocked gully is supposed to deal with it. I think the new dropped kerb to No 86 contributes.

    In the absence of drainage down the blocked gully, the water pools on my drive and under storm conditions flows down the drive and into my house – which is currently sandbagged to protect it.

    Can you have someone contact me with a clear plan to resolve the issue? I consider you liable for any damage caused to my property by the failure to maintain this gully.

    Best regards,

    ****

    please see above recent email from customer chasing progress of resolution to this issue. i will also email the team direct toseek further infomation for the customer.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 10:04, Monday 1 November 2021

  • Thank you for your Highways report.
    We have now inspected the defect and no planned repair is necessary at this stage. Please be assured that we will continue to monitor and inspect the road in line with our established service plan.

    Thank you for reporting this matter,
    Central Bedfordshire Council Highways

    I met Mr Standen today to have him show me and explain the cause of this report. It has been agreed between Mr Standen and myself that the next time we have heavy rain he will take a photo of the issue being caused and send it directly to me via email. Therefore I will close down this report to take it off the Highways system.

    Kind regards,

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 15:25, Wednesday 10 November 2021

This report is now closed to updates. You can make a new report in the same location.