Tree roots blocking the drains could be behind flooding issues in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 11:01 05 September 2018

Bridge Street in Saffron Walden.

Bridge Street in Saffron Walden.

Archant

Engineers from Essex Highways believe there may be tree roots blocking the drains in Saffron Walden’s Bridge Street which will require major road works to remove.

Residents in Bridge Street have sent letters to both Councillor Paul Fairhurst and Essex county councillor John Moran to demand that action be taken to reduce the risk of flooding to their homes.

In a letter to their neighbours, residents David and Madeline Bone said: “I was fortunate enough to speak with the engineers while they were here, and what they told me was extremely worrying.

“They told me that their chief engineer had attended the scene not once, but twice, which is apparently very unusual, and they had never seen him so worried – ‘having kittens’ were the exact words they used.

“They told me the reason why our drains are no longer able to cope with heavy rain is that this collection pipe which channels everything to the slade has been invaded by tree roots and is now almost completely blocked.

“The work required is very difficult, effectively that whole section of pipe will need to be pulled up, hence the chief engineer’s panic, which will require major earthworks, both in the road and where the blockage is.”

Despite being told the works would now be a high priority, the neighbours said the Essex Highways website states it is not a matter that requires “immediate action”.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, the deputy leader of Essex County Council, said: “Since the recent flooding in Saffron Walden our highways crews have been working hard to tackle it. They have cleaned drains in Bridge Street, including near the Eight Bells pub. However, we believe that tree roots may be partly blocking the outfall between a number of houses on the opposite side of the road, so some work through a specialist contractor is being planned to rectify this.

“The crews have also jet-cleaned drains in East Street. There are two blockages which require further work, so minimise traffic disruption in the area, we will aim to do this work at the same time as the forthcoming planned pothole works. Drains in Shepherds Way have also been jet-cleaned and all are clear and fully working.

“The most important long-term contribution to flooding in this area is the forthcoming Environment Agency River Slade scheme. Our flood team will be part of scheme which is due to take part later this financial year. They will work to improve the flow of water in the culvert which runs under the town centre, thereby reducing the risk of surface flooding on the roads and people’s homes.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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

Mon, 14:00

Actress Morwenna Banks (among other television roles, the voice of Mummy Pig in Peppa Pig) and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Jeremy Sallis both added glamour to this year’s fashion show for Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s Breast Cancer Appeal. Morwenna described how cancer had affected members of her family. Jeremy took part in a Men in Black routine. The show, on Thursday, October 18, had models wearing everything from just bra and pants, to evening wear and bridal.

Mon, 11:26

Audley End House and Gardens in Saffron Walden has won the award for Best Garden in the Historic and Heritage Parks category at this year’s Anglia in Bloom awards, and has also been awarded with a gold medal for their efforts.

Mon, 09:15

Tricks and treats will be had in High Roding at a Halloween extravaganza on October 26 and 27.

Mon, 09:09

Uttlesford businesses have committed to reducing the stigma of mental health in the workplace by signing a pledge which is part of a national campaign.

Digital Edition

Image
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