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Blocked Drain

Reported via desktop in the Drainage category by Arthur Smith Fitchett at 11:28, Tue 6 October 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

Hello there and many thanks for your reply to this matter, which I will share with our County Councillor this evening. This is a follow up to the reply given regarding this blocked drain, as you have marked it as "no further action". Just to clarify, the water is not overwhelming the drainage system here, as the water flows up out of this drain, down the road, and back down the next drain during light showers, as well as for a long period after any rainfall due to this drain being at the foot of a hill. However, during heavier showers the water then emanates from this drain with such force as to pass to the other side of the road, washing away the gully and causing pools in the road for around a quarter of a mile. If you look back at the history of this location, you will see that we have had a LOT of work repairing the road surface here over the last several years, due to hydraulic action breaking up the surface from the standing water that sits at the bottom of this hill. As a local Councillor, I am therefore raising the issue of this blocked drain and consequent excess water on the road surface prior to the Winter months really setting in, so that we can avoid you wasting your budget on further repairs of this road section when the gulleys become washed away and the freeze-thaw action, on top of the hydraulic action of passing heavy traffic, will again break up this road. Many thanks indeed.

Council ref: ENQ20877836

Asset ID: 290751883

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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 11:29, Tue 6 October 2020

  • Drain still completely blocked with water gushing up out of grid (not due to an inability to cope with rainfall!). This then flows across the road and on down for approx half a mile, washing away the gully and creating the opportunity for hydraulic and freeze-thaw action now that Autumn is upon us. I will be reporting this issue to our local County Councillor today.

    Posted by Arthur Smith Fitchett at 13:44, Tue 3 November 2020
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Having worked with our County Councillor, Tim Bearder, OCC Highways very kindly came and jetted this drain, curing the problem after some time and likely preventing an accident here. Well done!

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Arthur Smith Fitchett at 19:31, Tue 1 December 2020

  • Thank you for your enquiry. This has been added to a database of investigations. If any works are deemed necessary following investigation, this will be added to a program which will be delivered accordingly. This enquiry will now be closed down. Thank you.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:53, Friday 5 March 2021

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