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Blockage somewhere below Folly Cottage in direction of Railway Bridge

Reported via desktop in the Blocked drain category anonymously at 13:05, Friday 5 January 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council 1 minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5400078.

This problem has been reported numerous times by different people. Sometimes action is taken such as jetting the drain, and the case is closed. No one has properly investigated the root cause.

Multiple times over the last few years, during extended periods of rainfall, the roadside drainage is unable to cope, the ditch back-fills and overspills down the road. This does not happen during heavy downpours, it happens after a prolonged period of rainfall, i.e. it is a "persistent" Issue and not flash flooding.

Water also wells up from an inspection chamber outside the gate to Folly Cottage. In addition water continues to emerge from the verge further down, sometimes for many days after rainfall has ceased. This appears to be causing subsistence in the verge. The likely route of the drain can now be made out in the verge, interestingly it almost aligns with the telegraph pole, a clue perhaps?

Please can the root cause be properly investigated at last, and addressed before significant damage is sustained.

In addition, it should be noted that the water contains some sewage run-off, which while not the Council's explicit responsibility, it is an environmental hazard.

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  • This has been passed to the Local Area Technician to investigate.

    We know that an important part of any road network is the drainage system which is designed to carry water away from the road surface. Even when a gully is clean and well maintained it will only cope with a certain volume of water at one time, a sudden and heavy downpour can still cause flooding especially if the road is in a low lying area.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 13:06, Friday 5 January 2024

  • Update

    The Highway Officer has attended the site and carried an inspection based on your report.

    It is regrettably the case that the limited annual funding available to Buckinghamshire Council each year is insufficient to address all defects identified immediately. For this reason, whilst priority defects will receive a repair within appropriate timescales as dictated by our Highways Safety Inspection Policy, more minor defects such as the defect you have reported are added to a schedule of works which is passed to our contractor, with the instruction the work is to be carried out within 6-8 weeks.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 09:51, Wednesday 31 January 2024

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