This contrasts with the position based on regular surveys, which shows that 93% of gullies are running freely at any one time.
I can also confirm to Mr Soye that the six gully emptying machines he refers to are fully operational and the major reason why the highway drainage system has performed so well in recent years.
The comment I made in my letter (NCE 14 February) about restoring the highway network to its pre-flood condition was merely a statement of fact. It was not meant to be a comment about the condition of the network as a whole.
The council is very aware that the condition of the highway network in Sheffield needs considerable improvement, which is why a bid has been submitted to the DfT for a Highways PFI to secure the necessary investment to achieve good standards of maintenance.
If Mr Soye would like to visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetforce and report specific locations where he has seen blocked gully pots or more general drainage problems, they will be investigated and he will be informed of the proposed course of action.
JOHN CHARLTON (M), director of Streetforce, Sheffield City Council, Olive Grove Depot, Olive Grove Road, Sheffield, S2 3GE