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Opposite the junction with Great Lane

Reported via desktop in the Drains/Ditches Blocked category anonymously at 14:46, Friday 18 June 2021

Sent to Central Bedfordshire Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 357913.

The road drains are blocked and water floods the High St and overflows into nearby properties. This has happened three times so far in 2021. I am a resident of 25 years and it has never been as bad as this, something must have happened to the underground pipes or local outflow.

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  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Central Bedfordshire Council at 14:46, Friday 18 June 2021

  • Inadequate road drains in Clophill High St near St Mary.s School The problem The Great Lane junction on the High St accumulates surface water from Great Lane and Little Lane both of which slope down to the junction. However, the road drains, even after being maintained by pumping out are insufficient to cope with heavy rain and debris that gets washed from the lanes and verges. The impact St Mary.s Lower School and Nursery is opposite the junction and excess surface water is unable to flow away via the drains but instead floods the entrance/car park and potentially the school itself. Hazards such as dislodged manhole covers would be invisible under the murky water. The water may also have been contaminated by sewage or other undesirable substances leached from the fields. No responsible authority should allow children to be exposed to these hazards or interruption to their education. Two historic buildings (Kings Cottage and 3 Great Lane) have had overflow from the drains lapping up against their walls and in their gardens. It can only be a matter of time when there is heavy winter rain that incursion into the property and damage to the fabric of the buildings occurs. One of these buildings is already listed by English Heritage and the other is in the process of being listed. No responsible authority should allow its historic heritage in a Conservation Area to be threatened in this way. Recent events We have lived in the same location in Clophill for more than 25 years and have never encountered problems with road drainage as severe as in 2021. So far this year the drains have been incapable of disposing of rainwater on three occasions: 14 January, 18 May, 18 June. On the evening of 18 May the Highways Authority spent almost three hours clearing the road drains in the vicinity. But on 18 June the flooding arose again suggesting that either their efforts were inadequate or there is a more fundamental problem with the design or structure of the drainage system. Conversations between local residents and the contractors employed by the Highways Authority suggest that there is a fault in the underground pipework on the opposite side of the road to the junction and that the cost of remedying this is considered to be too high. Local residents pay their Council Tax and have a right to expect their properties and local school to be protected. This issue is only going to get worse with climate change and we look to our Council to support us. We will actively monitor the situation and the Council.s response. Brian Adams, Clophill Conservation Group, 18 June 2021

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    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 11:31, Tuesday 22 June 2021

  • Inadequate road drains in Clophill High St near St Mary’s School The problem The Great Lane junction on the High St accumulates surface water from Great Lane and Little Lane both of which slope down to the junction. However, the road drains, even after being maintained by pumping out are insufficient to cope with heavy rain and debris that gets washed from the lanes and verges. The impact St Mary’s Lower School and Nursery is opposite the junction and excess surface water is unable to flow away via the drains but instead floods the entrance/car park and potentially the school itself. Hazards such as dislodged manhole covers would be invisible under the murky water. The water may also have been contaminated by sewage or other undesirable substances leached from the fields. No responsible authority should allow children to be exposed to these hazards or interruption to their education. Two historic buildings (Kings Cottage and 3 Great Lane) have had overflow from the drains lapping up against their walls and in their gardens. It can only be a matter of time when there is heavy winter rain that incursion into the property and damage to the fabric of the buildings occurs. One of these buildings is already listed by English Heritage and the other is in the process of being listed. No responsible authority should allow its historic heritage in a Conservation Area to be threatened in this way. Recent events We have lived in the same location in Clophill for more than 25 years and have never encountered problems with road drainage as severe as in 2021. So far this year the drains have been incapable of disposing of rainwater on three occasions: 14 January, 18 May, 18 June. On the evening of 18 May the Highways Authority spent almost three hours clearing the road drains in the vicinity. But on 18 June the flooding arose again suggesting that either their efforts were inadequate or there is a more fundamental problem with the design or structure of the drainage system. Conversations between local residents and the contractors employed by the Highways Authority suggest that there is a fault in the underground pipework on the opposite side of the road to the junction and that the cost of remedying this is considered to be too high. Local residents pay their Council Tax and have a right to expect their properties and local school to be protected. This issue is only going to get worse with climate change and we look to our Council to support us. We will actively monitor the situation and the Council’s response. Brian Adams, Clophill Conservation Group, 18 June 2021

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Brian Adams at 11:31, Tuesday 22 June 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

    Order rasied to jet gullies on this junction and up Great Lane/Little Lane. Also order to ramp up footway slightly to try and stop water puddling on footway.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 11:38, Monday 12 July 2021

  • We have discovered that the drain under a manhole cover I the road outside 3 Great Lane, Clophill is blocked with mud etc. This causes severe flooding to our garden. Please can you flush it out when you do the other drains in Gt Lane/Little Lane etc.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 16:12, Monday 9 August 2021

  • We have discovered that the drain under a manhole cover I the road outside 3 Great Lane, Clophill is blocked with mud etc. This causes severe flooding to our garden. Please can you flush it out when you do the other drains in Gt Lane/Little Lane etc.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted anonymously at 16:12, Monday 9 August 2021

  • Customer called for updates. I have advised that a ticket was raised for the problem to be fixed.
    Customer will like to know if an aproximate timescale can be provided for when this will be actually fixed, please.

    Thank you!

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 15:43, Thursday 12 August 2021

  • Resident called for an update, he was advised by a neighbour who had spoken with the contractor and they advised that a broken pipe requires to be repaired by Anglian water first. Is this the case? If so can we have a rough idea of timescale or procedure that needs to be carried out please? Advised resident to check back in 5 working days for a response.Many Thanks

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 11:54, Thursday 26 August 2021

  • Customer called to follow up his report and to get a date for when this work is scheduled for as he needs to arrange to be there. He has requested to escalate this and for a call back. Email sent to area team and Principal Officer.

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 11:25, Tuesday 7 September 2021

  • Thank you for submitting your Highways report.
    Maintenance work is planned for this area and the issue will be resolved as part of these works.

    Many thanks,
    Central Bedfordshire Council Highways

    Called Brian Adams today stating the latest updates we had for this. John has raised an order for a dig and investigate as a 3 month order. Will contact Brian when I know the programme date.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 10:33, Thursday 9 September 2021

  • Customer was advised work was due to happen on the dropped kerb outside his property this week as its do with flooding risk of a grade 2 listed property.
    Some workers turned up the other day, stayed for half an hour and then left and haven’t been back since.
    Customer would like an update as to what is going to happen. This has been an ongoing issue for a while
    Email sent to area team

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 10:52, Friday 24 September 2021

  • Thank you for submitting your Highways report.

    We have visited the sight once again today and made an alternarive plan to the last order of works, this is now being implemented and we shall endeavour to have these works carried out as swiftly as possible.

    Many thanks,
    Central Bedfordshire Council Highways

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 13:28, Wednesday 29 September 2021

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