Station Road drains still blocked a month after resurfacing

Highways officer told to 'sort it out'


A blocked grid on Station Road, close to an area known to be susceptible to flooding Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

A month after road resurfacing work left the grids and gullies along Station Road, between Brookmans Park and Welham Green completely blocked with excess gravel, weeds and plants have taken root.

In one stretch, known locally as Watersplash because it's prone to flooding, almost all the grids have been filled with gravel, leaving few places for rainwater to escape.

Contractor responsible for cleaning up the mess


Photograph of Weeds growing out of a blocked grid on Station Road, close to an area known to be susceptible to flooding Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Weeds growing out of a blocked grid on Station Road, close to an area known to be susceptible to flooding
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

According to Hertfordshire Highways it's up to the contractor to ensure all gullies and grids are left clear before finishing the job.

When this site contacted the department at the end of May to report the blockages we were told the contractor was expected to clear up the mess before the end of the month.

If they didn't do so, we were told, the council would ask them to return. But now, more than a month later, there is no sign of a clean up operation.

This site emailed local county councillor Stephen Boulton who replied saying that he would look into the matter.
"Certainly the gullies should have been cleared by the contractor and I will speak immediately to my highways officer to sort it out."
This site also emailed Hertfordshire Highways, but are still waiting for a reply.


Photograph of grids. Many are completely blocked following the recent road works Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Many are completely blocked following the recent road works
Image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


Gully cleaning in Hertfordshire


There are more than 168,000 roadside gullies in Hertfordshire which the highways team is responsible for keeping clear. According to the county they are visited on an 18-month cycle.

The 6,000 which are known to be prone to flooding are supposed to be cleaned every six months. The 7,000 on high-speed roads are cleaned once a year.

After a gully is cleaned it's sprayed with yellow paint to show it's been done.

The county council video below explains the process.






As for unblocking the grids on Station Road, according to the Hertfordshire County Council site, we are going to have to wait for the roads to flood before they will do anything.

The page states that, "You can't request for a drain to be unblocked unless it's due to flooding".

It reads: "If you see flood water that doesn’t drain away, please report it so we can deal with any problems and check drainage systems to make sure they’re working properly."

Information on road works


To check for the latest information on local road works, go to www.roadworks.org and type in your postcode.




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