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Blocked 10 inch drain and blocked culvert/ditch

Reported via desktop in the Drainage category by Peter Miller at 12:37, Sunday 25 October 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

Good afternoon,

The culvert and rainwater drainage that runs along the council owned land behind our property (Stone Farm Barn, Church Hill, Forest Hill, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX331EG) and the A40 is completely blocked. The 10" drain is blocked full with roots and is causing flooding of our garden, our neighbours' garden and the road at the bottom of Church Hill (I have photos of this but can only attach 3 photos to this report). The water cannot escape through the 10" drainage due to the blockages and is flooding a huge area of council and private land. Every one metre joint of the drainage has become dislodged and is allowing roots to grow through these joints and is blocking the drainage in multiple sections. It is approximately a 10 metre section of drainage. The drains were cleared approximately three years ago and the problem has already returned due to the sections of drain becoming dislodged by the roots from the trees.

The culvert/ditch that leads to the drain is completely overgrown with trees and also requires dredging urgently as the bottom of the ditch is too high and is blocking the drainage intake due to the lack of maintenance.

This is going to start having financial implications on our property due to the damage being caused by the flooding of our garden.

The location should be quite clear from the photos and the mapping location, but I am happy to show anyone the exact location in person or over the phone if needed.

Kindest regards,

Peter Miller

Council ref: ENQ20879190

Asset ID: 290193395

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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 12:37, Sunday 25 October 2020

  • Please find attached the two further photos of the ditch full of water and not draining after light rainfall. Also an image of the road flooded after high rainfall.

    For this issue to be rectified properly the old clay drainage will need to be dug out and replaced with plastic 10"-15" in diameter and a grate placed on the ditch end to prevent debris from filling the man hole/drainage. The ditch would also need to be cleared of trees/shrubs and dredged properly. If a lorry is sent to just clear the blockage as a solution with a high powered jet then we will be in the same position again next years as the roots will just grow back.

    Posted anonymously at 05:47, Monday 26 October 2020

  • The attached photos were taken on Sunday 15th November 2020 after overnight rainfall. There has still been no response from Oxfordshire County Council to the issue here. The neglect and lack of maintenance of the drains, ditches, culvert by the council as described above is resulting in the pictured flooding. This Is causing damage to private land. Members of the public are at risk of personal injury as well as flood damage to their vehicles due to this evident neglect of maintenance.

    Posted anonymously at 16:29, Sunday 15 November 2020

  • The attached photos were taken on Sunday 15th November 2020 after overnight rainfall. There has still been no response from Oxfordshire County Council to the issue here. The neglect and lack of maintenance of the drains, ditches, culvert by the council as described above is resulting in the pictured flooding. This Is causing damage to private land. Members of the public are at risk of personal injury as well as flood damage to their vehicles due to this evident neglect of maintenance.

    Posted anonymously at 18:11, Sunday 15 November 2020

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