Flood fear after workmen fill drainage ditch with concrete

CONCERNS: Dave Harrison next to the concrete base which he fears will result in flooding

CONCERNS: Dave Harrison next to the concrete base which he fears will result in flooding

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WORKMEN have filled in a drainage ditch with a “bizarre” concrete base for a road sign which a councillor fears could cause future flooding.

Councillor David Harrison was aghast to find the ditch filled with a concrete block and earth near the entrance to St Peter’s Garden Centre, Norton, Worcester.

Cllr Harrison campaigned for flood defences for Sandford and Severn Stoke after February’s devastating floods so the last thing he expected was action that could make the flood situation even worse in Worcestershire.

However, a leader at Worcestershire County Council says the drainage situation at the spot will be closely monitored and pipes in the foundation will allow water to flow through.

Cllr Harrison, a Malvern Hills district councillor for Kempsey including Severn Stoke and Croome D’Abitot, and a former chairman of Kempsey Parish Council, could not believe his eyes when he saw the concrete foundations, an estimated 9ft by 6ft, in the middle of the deep ditch in Broomhall, at the Norton end of Kempsey.

He said: “I have never seen the council fill a ditch when they are trying to stop flooding. A ditch is for water. It’s not to fill with concrete.

“You couldn’t make it up.

It’s just too bizarre. With all the flooding problems they have just planted these posts in the middle of the ditch and filled it with concrete.

“I’m very concerned regarding flooding and lobbied successfully with others for the defences in Kempsey and chaired a recent flood meeting in Severn Stoke. Further along (Broomhall and into Norton Road) they have just pushed earth into the ditch.

Where is all the water to go from the cottages in Broomhall?

“It is interfering with the natural drainage.”

Cllr Harrison was involved in getting a better deal for constituents after the recent floods. He met farmers and neighbours and chaired a flood crisis meeting in Severn Stoke in March to encourage residents to pull together to get flood defences, as residents had done previously in neighbouring Kempsey.

John Smith, cabinet member for Highways from Worcestershire County Council, said: “Precautionary checks of these developer works took place in advance of construction.

“These works will be monitored and the size of the pipes upgraded by the developer if any problems occur."

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9:47am Fri 9 May 14

brooksider says...

Rest assured Councillor Harrison, the Highways Department know what they are doing.
Don't they?
Rest assured Councillor Harrison, the Highways Department know what they are doing. Don't they? brooksider
  • Score: 9

10:08am Fri 9 May 14

CJH says...

John Smith,... said: “Precautionary checks of these devel - oper works took place in ad - vance of construction." Well, that makes more sense than usual I suppose :-)
John Smith,... said: “Precautionary checks of these devel - oper works took place in ad - vance of construction." Well, that makes more sense than usual I suppose :-) CJH
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Fri 9 May 14

Pomygranit says...

John Smith, cabinet member for Highways from Worcestershire County Council, said: “Precautionary checks of these developer works took place in advance of construction.

“These works will be monitored and the size of the pipes upgraded by the developer if any problems occur."

If the size of the pipes was upgraded now it would reduce the chance of a problem. be proactive as opposed to reactive.
John Smith, cabinet member for Highways from Worcestershire County Council, said: “Precautionary checks of these developer works took place in advance of construction. “These works will be monitored and the size of the pipes upgraded by the developer if any problems occur." If the size of the pipes was upgraded now it would reduce the chance of a problem. be proactive as opposed to reactive. Pomygranit
  • Score: 10

6:19pm Fri 9 May 14

New Kid on the Block says...

I agree with Pomygranit.
Upgrading the size of the pipes will not be an easy job. It will probably mean removing the concrete and starting again.
Why not put the larger size of pipe in to start with?
I agree with Pomygranit. Upgrading the size of the pipes will not be an easy job. It will probably mean removing the concrete and starting again. Why not put the larger size of pipe in to start with? New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 5

8:36pm Fri 9 May 14

rod123 says...

Six months of traffic mayhem to "improve" this small roundabout and still can't it right! Following the Whittington death trap fiasco and the proposed bottle neck Broomhall Way dual carriageway, what will they come up with next?
Councillor Smith and his Highways Cabinet are not fit for purpose.
Six months of traffic mayhem to "improve" this small roundabout and still can't it right! Following the Whittington death trap fiasco and the proposed bottle neck Broomhall Way dual carriageway, what will they come up with next? Councillor Smith and his Highways Cabinet are not fit for purpose. rod123
  • Score: 7

9:10pm Fri 9 May 14

CJH says...

rod123 wrote:
Six months of traffic mayhem to "improve" this small roundabout and still can't it right! Following the Whittington death trap fiasco and the proposed bottle neck Broomhall Way dual carriageway, what will they come up with next?
Councillor Smith and his Highways Cabinet are not fit for purpose.
You're right - why (or how) has it taken so long to do this work at the roundabout? Every time I go through these roadworks nothing seems to have moved on. All they have done is make it bigger. I just don't see where months of work have gone. Anyone got any idea how much this work has cost? 6 months with a team of men apparently working 5 days a week can't come cheap. Perhaps the WN could ask the questions and see what happens?
[quote][p][bold]rod123[/bold] wrote: Six months of traffic mayhem to "improve" this small roundabout and still can't it right! Following the Whittington death trap fiasco and the proposed bottle neck Broomhall Way dual carriageway, what will they come up with next? Councillor Smith and his Highways Cabinet are not fit for purpose.[/p][/quote]You're right - why (or how) has it taken so long to do this work at the roundabout? Every time I go through these roadworks nothing seems to have moved on. All they have done is make it bigger. I just don't see where months of work have gone. Anyone got any idea how much this work has cost? 6 months with a team of men apparently working 5 days a week can't come cheap. Perhaps the WN could ask the questions and see what happens? CJH
  • Score: 7

9:59am Sat 10 May 14

alanquattro says...

It's an open water ditch. No pipe, whatever size, will cope adequately, nor will it last as long.
It's an open water ditch. No pipe, whatever size, will cope adequately, nor will it last as long. alanquattro
  • Score: 3

9:21am Sun 11 May 14

reflector says...

Much of the non-river floodiing that occurs can be traced back to blocked pipes. What crass stupidity to put any impediment in a drainage ditch.
Much of the non-river floodiing that occurs can be traced back to blocked pipes. What crass stupidity to put any impediment in a drainage ditch. reflector
  • Score: 3

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