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Ditches are empty, banks are too high to capture flood water

Reported via mobile in the Ditch issue category by Liz Read at 10:19, Friday 1 March 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5652543.

The ditches along Rawlings Lane (newbarn lane end) are empty as the sides have been built up so much that the flood water has no way of getting into the ditches. If these ditches could be cut with some channels then maybe it would siphon off some of the water. The water all appears to be draining off a horse yard further up Rawlings Lane and is running down both sides of Rawlings Lane creating a huge flood as the drains downhill of the river are also blocked.

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  • 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. As a general rule ditches along the side of the road are the responsibility of whoever owns the land on which they are situated, they should maintain and keep the ditch capable of carrying water away from the road.

    The Highway Officer will carry out an inspection within 10 days and if it is the responsibility of Buckinghamshire Council and work is required, we will raise and order and have the work done.

    If the responsibility is with the landowner, we will not use taxpayers money to carry out the work, we will write to the land owner and request they carry out the necessary work on their land.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 10:19, Friday 1 March 2024

  • Update

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

    We assess repairs in accordance with our Highways Safety Inspection Policy. This allows us to prioritise the most serious repairs to be completed urgently, with more minor defects such as this one being planned to be completed within 6-8 weeks.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 10:37, Monday 4 March 2024

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