Last week at Exeter Highways And Traffic Orders Committee [HATOC], we received an update on a recent Members’ briefing on the emptying of gullies [that’s drains to you and me!] .
The gully emptying policy is on DCC’s website and the update gave a statement of objectives:
– to remove detritus from the gully
– to ensure continued efficient functioning of the gully with its connection.
The update gave us another policy objective to the 3 of 4 listed on the website:
– empty urban gullies with sumps at least once every three years
– empty rural gullies with sumps at least once a year
– flush gullies without sumps once a year
– where it has been assessed that a gully requires more frequent cleansing the frequency shall be increased
[Examples of this are gullies where flooding will affect building or known to fill up more quickly].
- However, should I be worried that the update seemsot omit the missing fourth category?
- – respond to reports of blocked drains which are causing standing water, or could lead to a road becoming icy.
On Thursday, I noticed this drain near the Crossmead bus stop was blocked and surface water was not draining away.
At first I was informed that it would be sorted by 26/02/14 – but as I write this blog a day later, I notice the fault has already been completed.
But not all blocked drains are so easy to clear…
Recently, I was made aware of this one at the end of the cul-de-sac in Oak Road.
It looks fairly innocuous made worse by the sunken road surface, a legacy of Eurobell’s cable installation far too long ago.
A large downpour on Saturday morning flooded the driveway and blocked the pathway. I received a phone call from one of the residents affected, but by the time I arrived 45 mins later the surface water had receded. But they had some photos on their camera….
As I had already reported this problem to DCC I was surprised when the resident told me that some contractors had turned up and took photos themselves on Thursdsay – not once but twice!
It appears that specialist equipment is needed to tackle this drain – a jetter machine – which the gang who attended last week did not have and so were not equipped ti do this job at that time.
I (and the resident) wait with anticipation – and the hope that it doesn’t rain too heavily in the interim!
And of course, none of this addresses the underlying problem of the sunken road