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The 2 road gullies at the speed bump directly outside my house are blocked again. There is severe ponding at the speed bump as the stormwater cannot drain away. I have this morning cleaned out one of the two gullies, which was full of sludge. The duct across the road is blocked and needs jetting. The ponding last night was so bad that my house was getting drenched every time a vehicle passed. This is a recurring complain. There is no street cleaning evident in Forest Hill let alone gully cleaning. Please cut a channel at either end of the speed bump (say 150mm) to allow stormwater to pass downwards towars the Main Street/Stanton St John road junction. Alternatively, start gully cleaning on a monthly basis during the Autumn and Winter. Images attached of my gully cleaning. Please confirm the reduction in Council Tax by virtue of non-existent road cleaning by the local

Reported in the Roads/highways category by W R Akielan at 12:14, Tue 1 October 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 1 minute later

Blocked road gullies at speed bump creating excessive ponding and storm damage to my house from passing vehicles. Problem occurs when we have medium to heavy rain. I cleared out one of the gullies as best as I could, but duct under road need jetting as it is blocked too. I could not lift the heavy grate in the adjacent gully as it was too heavy.

Council ref: ENQ19843948

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:15, Tue 1 October 2019

  • Thank you for reporting this issue. The gully issue/blockage will be included in our forthcoming gully cleansing programme. As there are limited budget we have to prioritise high flood risk areas. We will continue to monitor this on our routine inspections. Regards

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 07:58, Thu 3 October 2019

  • I have several videos showing passing traffic speeding at 30mph towards the ponding as they cannot see the speed hump. The constant drenching of my house is unacceptable and I wish to make a formal complaint for compensation (repainting of property). My proposed solution of cutting a 100-150mm wide channel at either end of the speed bump to allow stormwater to flow down the road (speed bump constructed on the down-slope so it collects water) should be adopted asap.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by W R Akielan at 11:19, Wed 16 October 2019

  • Severe ponding again today, 09 Nov 19 with no sign of the Highways Dept returning to clear the gullies and cut the channels at either end of the speed bump.

    Posted anonymously at 13:22, Sat 9 November 2019

  • Another downpour overnight and more serious ponding at the speed bump outside my house. Most serious drenching of my house frontage as vehicles hit the ponding at maximum speed as they cannot see the speed bump. Please mobilise your gully clearance team to clear the blockages in the gullies. Please do not send the driver who came 2 weeks ago as he just drove past twice without stopping.

    Posted anonymously at 11:42, Thu 14 November 2019

  • Ponding again today, which is getting worse as it is now ponding when rain is not heavy. The constant drenching of my house frontage by passing vehicles is quite intolerable. Please mobilise you gully blockage crew to clear the badly blocked gullies.

    Posted anonymously at 15:22, Fri 22 November 2019

  • More light rain and ponding forms quickly as both gullies blocked.

    Posted anonymously at 12:34, Sat 23 November 2019

  • Even more ponding 26-27 Nov. One of the two gullies next to the speed bump is completely blocked and passes no storm water at all. Ponding occurs with the lightest of rain, not just when we have an heavy downpour. I have formally requested a reduction in my Council Tax as Highway Maintenance in Forest Hill is non-existent. Refer to my earlier post when the gully clearance tanker driver drove past twice without stopping after looking at the actual flooded gullies.

    Posted anonymously at 14:24, Wed 27 November 2019

  • More ponding after relatively light rain and here’s a passing vehicle drenching my house frontage. What more needs to be done on my part to motivate your gully clearing gang to clear the blockages in these 3 gullies. Also, the permanent solution is to cut drainage channels at both ends of the speed bump. The final solution would be to remove the speed bump completely and let the storm water flow unhindered down towards Wheatley Road. May I please urge you to sort this problem out without further delay. It is not an issue of funding as your budget has been boosted recently.

    Posted anonymously at 12:43, Tue 10 December 2019

  • Constant ponding at the speed bump over the last three weeks caused visitors and workmen to my house to time the opening of my front door to avoid being drenched by passing traffic. As a last resort I purchased a set of drainage rods and riddled the three gullies with my son yesterday afternoon. The gullies were completely blocked with rotten vegetation and manure from passing farm vehicles. The gulley opposite was blocked with cement mortar and rocks (see pics) and I felt a drainage elbow blocking the duct. That gulley needs breaking out and reconstruction as it was badly installed. Kindly cut the channels at the speed bump to provide a continuous gutter as the nex speed bump along the road towards the village hall.

    Posted anonymously at 08:33, Mon 23 December 2019

  • More images of my rodding of gullies

    Posted anonymously at 08:38, Mon 23 December 2019

  • More images of my rodding

    Posted anonymously at 08:42, Mon 23 December 2019

  • Following my rodding of the 3 gullies directly outside my house by my son and I 2-3 weeks ago I can report that severe ponding did not occur last evening when we has torrential rain. The cleared gullies worked at long last. However, this morning I had to sweep all the debris (leaves and muck) that had collected on the gully gratings. A road sweeper could do the job.

    When will OCC be cutting the drainage channels (at either end of the speed bump? I mentioned in my last post that the next speed bump towards the village hall has those drainage channels allowing downward flowing stormwater to pass the 'obstruction (speed bump).

    I shall be raising this issue again at the next parish council meeting on Thursday evening to see whether OCC are being mobilised to sort this long standing problem out once and for all.

    My jetting attachment for my high pressure washer is ready as and when required.

    Posted by W R Akielan at 12:22, Tuesday 14 January 2020

  • After last night’s heavy rain the gullies became blocked with leaves, silt and even a plastic water bottle. Drainage rods out again to clear two of the gullies so no standing water now. Although we have had no rainfall during the day storm water is flowing continuously from the village hall into these gullies. Hence, debris is being deposited in the gullies continuously throughout the day although it has not been raining.

    Posted by W Akielan at 17:15, Wednesday 15 January 2020

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