"Has anybody seen the gullies being cleared?"

"Has anybody seen the gullies being cleared?"

First published in Echo News

ANGRY residents and councillors called into question work being carried out to stop further flooding.

Since the floods in July, Essex County Council says it has cleared 4,000 gullies in Castle Point and cleaned all the drains.

It usually cleans them once a year or twice a year in flood prone areas.

But councillors said they wanted to know exactly where the work had been carried out because they believed areas had been missed.

Councillor David Cross said: “Has anybody seen the gullies being cleared?

“Someone needs a kick up the bottom. No one has seen it. No one has seen anything. This catastrophe could happen tonight and we are in trouble.”

Councillor Barry Campagna walked the length of May Avenue dyke and handed over pictures he had taken which he claimed showed it had not been cleaned.

He said: “Residents and councillors often go and clean the dyke.

“It is quite obvious after the flood that no maintenance has been done on this for a long time.

“There were overgrown weeds, sludge and algae.

“This dyke has not been cleaned for years. What is the point in cleaning the drains if the water can’t go down the dyke?”

Other councillors claimed other areas had not been cleaned, or had been illegally filled in.

The council heard there were 5,000 gullies and there used to be one person employed to continually clean them.

Committee chairman Dave Blackwell added: “There is no way the county council has done 4,000 gullies that quickly. Is it doing it properly?”

Resident Carole Abbott, 68, of Herbert Road, Canvey, backed councillors’ calls for the May Avenue dyke.

She said: “It is a mess really, and once it is a mess people use it as a tip.

“They used to come along and scoop it out intoawheelbarrow to move it, but they haven’t done that this year.

“They came down at the beginning of the year and they did cut it back, but definitely since the flooding they haven’t been down there at all.”

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4:38pm Fri 29 Aug 14

VeteranOfMany says...

My elderly Sister lives in a property with one of these "gullies" at the bottom of her garden, and NO IT HAS NOT BEEN CLEANED, of leaves rubbish, branches and even an old football, is it any wonder they are having flooding during heavy storms ? the drains may well have been cleaned but if these escape routes are blocked, the water will simply back up and flood those streets, which are lower than the height of the blocked water level.
My elderly Sister lives in a property with one of these "gullies" at the bottom of her garden, and NO IT HAS NOT BEEN CLEANED, of leaves rubbish, branches and even an old football, is it any wonder they are having flooding during heavy storms ? the drains may well have been cleaned but if these escape routes are blocked, the water will simply back up and flood those streets, which are lower than the height of the blocked water level. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 11

4:48pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

These gullies are the responsibility of the now infamous environment agency, whose incompetence and lies have cost 200 homeowners thousands of pounds in flood damage, and if anyone is unclear of their failings, they failed to mention the fact that the pumping stations were out of action for hours, during the last flooding, not 12 minutes, they couldn't even clear the pumping station grills of all the rubbish left in these gullies, which with such high levels of rain got washed towards the pumping stations. E.A. not fit for purpose, a bunch of utter imbeciles, who seem to have put their fiasco behind them.
These gullies are the responsibility of the now infamous environment agency, whose incompetence and lies have cost 200 homeowners thousands of pounds in flood damage, and if anyone is unclear of their failings, they failed to mention the fact that the pumping stations were out of action for hours, during the last flooding, not 12 minutes, they couldn't even clear the pumping station grills of all the rubbish left in these gullies, which with such high levels of rain got washed towards the pumping stations. E.A. not fit for purpose, a bunch of utter imbeciles, who seem to have put their fiasco behind them. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 8

10:48pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Fab man says...

People; When will you realise that the Government & Council do not care about you or your home. Please be good and go back to being submissive plebs of the Establishment and continue paying extortionate taxes to cover Establishment incompetence and their pet political correctness projects and all will be well. Thank you.
People; When will you realise that the Government & Council do not care about you or your home. Please be good and go back to being submissive plebs of the Establishment and continue paying extortionate taxes to cover Establishment incompetence and their pet political correctness projects and all will be well. Thank you. Fab man
  • Score: 3

12:02am Sat 30 Aug 14

Southchurch75 says...

Knowing that you live in a high risk area, do you not think that taking some responsibility for your own environment might just help a little bit?
Knowing that you live in a high risk area, do you not think that taking some responsibility for your own environment might just help a little bit? Southchurch75
  • Score: 11

10:12am Sat 30 Aug 14

abd123 says...

There appears to be a mixing of gullies and dykes here. Gullies take water from the road into an Anglian Water surface water drain below the road. All man made. Dykes are natural and man made watercourses that are not the responsibility of any public body but the E.A. and councils have permissive rights which means they can maintain them but don't have to. E.A. maintain main rivers. The owners of land next to watercourses have riparian responsibility to maintain that watercourse. There is a lack of knowledge of riparian responsibilities and readers should look it up.
There appears to be a mixing of gullies and dykes here. Gullies take water from the road into an Anglian Water surface water drain below the road. All man made. Dykes are natural and man made watercourses that are not the responsibility of any public body but the E.A. and councils have permissive rights which means they can maintain them but don't have to. E.A. maintain main rivers. The owners of land next to watercourses have riparian responsibility to maintain that watercourse. There is a lack of knowledge of riparian responsibilities and readers should look it up. abd123
  • Score: 4

10:46am Sat 30 Aug 14

poortaxpayer says...

Simple solution is to create a 'Drainage Board' and levy a charge on landowners. The fees charged can then be used to ensure the waterways are kept constantly cleaned. Works well in other parts of the country so why not Castle Point?
Simple solution is to create a 'Drainage Board' and levy a charge on landowners. The fees charged can then be used to ensure the waterways are kept constantly cleaned. Works well in other parts of the country so why not Castle Point? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 0

8:36am Sun 31 Aug 14

streete says...

Have a look in a few road gullies in different roads.If there are cob webs in the grates they haven't been cleaned properly.Also they should check that the gullies are running properly by jetting out to the main.The main should also be kept clear, running to full capacity. The gully water has got to be allowed to get away.
Have a look in a few road gullies in different roads.If there are cob webs in the grates they haven't been cleaned properly.Also they should check that the gullies are running properly by jetting out to the main.The main should also be kept clear, running to full capacity. The gully water has got to be allowed to get away. streete
  • Score: 0

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