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Stockport sets up rota of inspection and cleaning for gullies

Stockport Borough Council has set up an on-going inspection and cleansing programme to keep on top of drainage and flooding problems on priority routes.

The programme aims to reduce the number of ad-hoc visits across the borough and focus on flooding hotspots. It is part of the council’s Streets Ahead initiative that covers highway and street lighting maintenance. The council will still be able to respond to urgent flooding or drainage problems.

“This new way of working will be particularly beneficial as we have prioritised the most used routes reducing the risk of major disruptions caused by flooding,” said Stockport Council executive member for transportation Iain Roberts.

“Any number of things from leaves, to people placing items like car batteries and clothes down the drains can stop a gully from working, and we work hard to ensure that the gullies throughout Stockport are kept clear.”

Readers' comments (3)

  • There was never many problems with gullies until that dreaded word 'cut back' emerged in the late 1970's. Since then successive policies have allowed them to be cleaned now and again. In Hertfordshire they even marked some of them to see how they fared with blockages etc. I always said at the time, (and this applies to many other items of highgway infrastruture), you would not wait until your house falling down before thinking maintaining and repairing it; would you?

    Short sighted policies and government cutbacks have led to roads failing and bridges becoming unsafe. How long before we are like some third world countries with a disaster happening on a regular basis.

    Brian Mason I Eng AMICE (retired)

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  • "This new way of working" glad to see that out in the real world this means exactly what it does on the railway. i.e. The way we did it before was better.

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  • I don't see what is wrong with the risk based approach outlined.
    Whilst we all might think about painting our house every year, we know based on our own intelligence and evidence that once every 5 years is probably enough and that once every year is costly and disruptive.

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