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Calls to deal with flooding on B5017

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

22/01/14 Blocked drains - Uttoxeter, Uttoxeter
Blocked Drains, Dangerous roads, Blacksmiths Arms, Marchington.

22/01/14 Blocked drains - Uttoxeter, Uttoxeter Blocked Drains, Dangerous roads, Blacksmiths Arms, Marchington.

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VILLAGERS are urging highways chiefs to clear a blocked drain causing ‘dangerous’ flooding on their main route into Uttoxeter.

Residents from Marchington and Marchington Woodlands are have to drive through large areas of standing water on the B5017 at Birch Cross whenever it rains.

A drain opposite the Blacksmith’s Arms is regularly overspilling, causing deep water to leak across one side of the road.

And, in icy conditions, a 20-yard sheet of ice is enveloping the highway.

The problem is occurring on the spot where a young cyclist was knocked off his bike in icy conditions in 2012.

A car also skidded off the road and smashed into the Blacksmith’s Arms around five years ago.

Geraldine Leadbetter, of Hodge Lane, in Marchington Woodlands, is calling on Staffordshire County Council to rectify the problem.

She said: “Now that the weather is going frosty, and therefore icey, the highways have done nothing about clearing the drain.

“They blamed it on a burst water pipe last time and turned out it wasn’t - but that corner has been notorious for accidents.

“To add to the fun, Marchington Cliff is still waiting for the drains at the top to be done. I wonder how many accidents there this year?

“A thought that goes through my mind is that the sub-contractors used by the the highways department are getting work signed off that is either half done or not done at all.”

Highways department chief Simon Tagg told the Advertiser that, although work had already been done on drains and gullies on the B5017, the drain in question would be prioritised.

Councillor Tagg said: “Our Highways teams have already carried out some work on the drains and gullies on this stretch of road.

“Despite cleansing that has been carried out, at this time of the year leaves, mud and other debris can gather and quickly block the gullies.

“Our crews will be returning to the site to ensure the gullies are clear. This job will be prioritised against other work in the area.”

Speaking after the accident in 2012, the council’s Mike Maryon warned motorists to take care in freezing temperatures.

He said: “Our gritters were out in force during the icy spell and we not only gritted this road, but put extra grit down where water had frozen causing icy patches.

“I would like to remind people that gritting doesn’t remove ice in all conditions and people do need to take extra care on the roads, especially when there is heavy rain followed by freezing temperatures.”

Environmental chiefs recently consulted with Marchington villagers about flood defences, and are looking to controll water flow.

The Environmental Agency met with parish councillors and members of the community to discuss options for reducing flood risk in the parts of Marchington affected during heavy rain.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “We have developed a model to understand the flood mechanisms that affect Marchington.

“In the model we tested how successful new flood defences were likely to be.”

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