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Drainage solution delay as downpour leaves pools

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

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FLOODING problems in Up Hatherley are still being investigated in the wake of heavy Gloucestershire showers.

Downpours and drainage problems have left parts of Hatherley Road with pools of water which are not disappearing.

Highways bosses have put cameras down the drains to try and establish what the problem is and are now working with Severn Trent Water to tackle the issue.

One of the biggest puddles is near the Hatherley Road church, at the junction with Hollis Road.

Chris Riley, from Gloucestershire Highway's, said cleansing works in mid-November provided a temporary solution to the problem.

However, he believes a problem with the utility company's sewer would mean a long-term solution was still being sought.

He said: "We have looked into the drainage issue at the junction of Hatherley Road and Hollis Road and we have discovered that there is no blockage in the highway drainage.

"However, our drain does connect into a Severn Trent Water shared sewer which is where the problem appears to be.

"We have met them to discuss the issue and they are currently making arrangements to find out the cause of this problem in the sewer."

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Severn Trent confirmed it was aware of the sewer flooding and had investigated.

But a spokesman for the company said the Highways Authority was investigating before coming back to it to resolve the issue.

Neither the council nor Severn Trent could confirm when it would be dealt with.

A spokesman for Severn Trent said: "While we couldn't find any sewer flooding, we did carry out some investigations and found a blockage in the drains which we are now working with the Highways Authority to resolve.

"We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused residents and assure them that we are working as quickly as possible to resolve the problem."

Chairman Stuart Fowler, said Up Hatherley parish council would continue to apply pressure to try and find out what was happening there and when it would be resolved.

Councillor Roger Whyborn first raised the issue back in April and would like to see it sorted before the winter rain sets in. He believes a mixture of "incompetence and bureaucracy" has led to the problem taking so long to fix.

Residents have complained of puddles being left right across the road every time it rains.

Resident David Broad has contacted the highways depart about it several times.

He previously complained to the parish council that mischievous motorists were deliberately driving through large puddles at speed so they can splash pedestrians.

He said it frequently occurred between the village hall and Coney Green where there was "no pedestrian refuge".

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