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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, Tuesday 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, Tuesday 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, Thursday 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, Wednesday 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, Saturday 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, Thursday

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