Culvert clearance backed by Saffron Walden town councillors

PUBLISHED: 13:21 17 December 2014 | UPDATED: 13:21 17 December 2014

Saffron Walden Town Hall

Saffron Walden Town Hall


A “giant vacuum cleaner” will be pumping debris from the heart of the town next month.

Saffron Walden Town Council has given its backing to the Environment Agency (EA) for the project, which will see a pump, attached to a truck, clearing out the culvert in two to three weeks from mid January.

Failure to clear the pipe, which channels the river Slade and runs right through the heart of the town, could result in an increased flood risk, potential disruption to the town’s economy, commuters, and even the emergency services, EA has said.

Addressing the town council at a meeting last Thursday night, Liz Taylor of the EA likened the pump to a “giant vacuum cleaner”, and said the agency was not asking for money, but for the council’s support to show members of the public a united front.

‘Riparian’ owners – property owners whose land neighbours a river, stream or ditch – are financially responsible for the upkeep of culvert which goes through their land, and will receive a letter explaining their responsibilities.

“I have a sense that it could be difficult with riparian owners,” said councillor Keith Eden, who suggested some might be unwilling to pay, or potentially absent when the letter arrived.

Ms Taylor replied it was not yet time for such concerns until the scale of the damage was known.

The town council voted unanimously to write a letter of support for the project, with permission for the EA to use their logo where appropriate in their communications.

The clearance and inspection of the culvert has been funded jointly by the Environment Agency and Essex Highways. The truck will be based first ‘upstream’ at Saffron Walden police station, then ‘downstream’ at the golf club, from mid January 2015.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Saffron Walden Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Saffron Walden Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Saffron Walden Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 14:46

A burglary was committed at a Co-op in Great Bardfield early this morning (November 17).

Fri, 14:53

Emptying bins and running the recycling service remains the most important priority for Uttlesford District Council, according to residents who completed a recent survey.

Fri, 12:45

A former police officer based in Essex has been found guilty of gross misconduct after having a sexually explicit conversation with a convicted paedophile and failing to report it.

Fri, 09:11

The parents of Ronnie Leys, a three-year-old from Saffron Walden who recently underwent a life-changing operation to allow him to walk, said their son’s progress has been “remarkable”.

Digital Edition

Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Saffron Walden Reporter weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy