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Resident claims drainage problem to blame for spill

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

By Jenny Moody

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A MARCHINGTON resident has hit out at drainage problems on a major route into Uttoxeter after a motorcyclist slipped on the icy road.

Geraldine Leadbetter, of Brookside Farm, in Hodge Lane, contacted the Advertiser after the teenager came off his bike on the B5017 on Thursday morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident to treat the man but he did not need hospital treatment.

However, Mrs Leadbetter said this highlighted the need for the drainage problem to be sorted after she has made repeated calls to Staffordshire County Council to highlight the issue.

She said water has been running onto the road for ‘quite a while’, which is not just due to the recent flooding and has now been told there is a burst pipe.

Although council employees had been to clean the drains, they had not flushed out the pipes and her husband, George, had been onto the authority constantly about the issue.

Mrs Leadbetter said: “When my husband saw there had been an accident there he became very irate because he had been trying to report the problem but not getting any reply.

“It just annoys him that they do not seem to be doing their job properly.

“I know it is only a B road but you have to remember it is used by users of the A50 when there has been an accident and that is quite regularly.

“Somebody needs to get onto the Highways Agency to make sure they get this done. We are assuming the motorcyclist slipped on the road because of the water and ice combined.

“This work used to be done over the summer as a matter of course but really and truly they are neglecting a lot of rural roads. They really need to put some effort in.” West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene at 8.30am and he was assessed and treated but did not require hospital treatment. An ambulance, paramedic and rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

Staffordshire Police were also called to the scene and reported ice being on the road.

A South Staffs Water spokesman, which is responsible for water in Uttoxeter, said: “We are not aware of any burst water mains in the area but we were carrying out some routine general maintenance in the area which involved some water flushing.

“However, our operatives took steps to ensure the water was taken by hose pipe into a field and ditch but we understand that the police had put some signs warning of the road being flooded further along the road due, as we believe it, to surface water running off and this was some distance from our works.” Mike Maryon, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The exceptionally heavy rainfall, followed by a cold snap, did lead to icy conditions as water ran off already saturated ground onto the roads.

“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 was very sorry to hear about the accident and 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.”

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