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Swallow Street by entrance of track to Brynawelon Farm

Reported via desktop in the Blocked drain category anonymously at 14:19, Mon 16 November 2020

Received by Buckinghamshire Council moments later

Every time there is a lot of rain, there is a flood of water across the road by the entrance to the track which leads to Brynawelon Farm. This flood often reaches across the width of the road, where it is joined by water running off the grass bank on the other side. Either the drain here is blocked, or it is unable to cope with the amount of water for some other reason. I walk the length of Swallow Street and back each day and, on reaching this point, I am obliged to stand and wait until no traffic can be heard approaching from either direction before it is safe to walk past; this is because passing vehicles splash the filthy water high into the air and right across the adjacent pavement. It is then necessary to get past the hazard as quickly as possible before another vehicle approaches, but this is difficult as the water is roughly five metres long and the pavement is wet and slippery from previous splashes. When the rainfall has been heavy, the water also comes across the pavement to an extent too wide for me to step or even jump over, and my only recourse is to walk the length of the flood in the middle of the road, where the water is more shallow; this is very dangerous as there is a bend in the road nearby and vehicles appear around it faster than I can walk past the flood and get safely back on to the pavement. I have also seen other pedestrians and joggers having to do this. I strongly believe that someone may be injured here. At the very least, it is extremely unpleasant to try to pass this spot with the fear of being drenched by filthy water. With this in mind, please could the drain be unblocked as soon as possible, or whatever action is needed be taken to resolve the hazard. I have attached photographs in order to demonstrate the position and size of the flood, and its proximity to the bend in the road; as I have pointed out, it is very dangerous to walk in the road for such a length at this point.

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    Transport for Buckinghamshire

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 14:19, Mon 16 November 2020

  • Thank you for your report; the repair has been added to our programme of works.
    Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with a timescale for this work to be carried out as we programme the work on a priority basis (in line with our Highway Inspection Policy). This does mean that sometimes planned programme times may need to be changed due to priority based working.
    Please be assured this problem is on our list of works to be carried out. We will continue to monitor all defects to ensure the safety of our residents as part of our Highways Inspection Policy which can be accessed via the link below:
    www.buckscc.gov.uk/highwaysinspectionpolicy
    Regards
    Transport for Buckinghamshire

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 11:06, Tue 17 November 2020

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