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Storm drain on North Side Steeple Aston not connected to public sewage network; regularly floods private property (Cedar Lodge)

Reported via desktop in the Drainage category anonymously at 22:22, Sunday 16 May 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

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The storm drain on North Side, Steeple Aston, opposite the Alms Houses is not attached to the public drainage system. Up until May 2020, the drain was connected to an old stone culvert running under the driveway of Cedar Lodge, which flooded intermittently. In May 2020, our builders discovered that there is no pipe. It is just the old stone culvert which discharges into the top soil. The polluted drainage from the road therefore goes straight into our drive and house, resulting in damage to our home. This is the third time we are reporting this problem. In July 2020, drainage engineers from the council visited, agreed that the street drain should be connected to the public sewage system, and marked the drain with an orange dot as an issue that the council needed to fix. No action was taken however, despite us chasing FixMyStreet. The most recent response, received this year, stated that 'this is the landowner's responsibility'. We disagree with this statement. This drain needs to be connected to the public drainage system but it would be illegal if we, as landowners connected this ourselves. This has to be undertaken by the council. Please could this be addressed as a matter of urgency in order to avoid our house being regularly flooded as it currently is? Thank you.

Council ref: ENQ21894755

Asset ID: 290194014

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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 22:22, Sunday 16 May 2021

  • Thank you for your report. we have investigated this and passed it to our drainage section for cleansing and further investigation. regards

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:03, Tuesday 18 May 2021

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