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Highway flooding due to lack of ditch / watercourse maintenance adjacent to Candys Lane junction.

Reported via desktop in the Flooding/drainage (NH) category by Dorset Council, Dorset Highways - Community Highways Team Leader - Stephen Mepham at 14:08, Mon 20 November 2023

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5233103.

Watercourse to north of A31 is within National Highways responsibility (as watercourse was relocated during trunk road construction) - as a result of lack of maintenance culverts from Brog St and Candys Lane are unable to discharge surface water leading to prolonged highway flooding - both of National Highways trunk road and Dorset Highways network (Candys Lane and Brog St). We (Dorset Highways) have cleared and jetted all ditches and pipes that form part of our drainage apparatus - we have sent enforcement notices to riparian owners for ditch clearance - which has been completed - the missing link in this is the section of watercourse under NH responsibility. For some considerable time there has been plans within NH for a ditch / watercourse clearance scheme here but so far it has been delayed and as a result we (DC) have had a part of our network regularly subject to prolonged flooding, receiving high numbers of public complaint and a high demand on work force and maintenance budget to deal with this issue (emergency call-outs, jetting, ditch clearance, road surface defects etc). We are trying to be a good partner to National Highways but the time has come to request that these works are undertaken as a matter of urgency to alleviate the flooding and resultant pressure on our network. Please contact me as a matter of urgency to discuss progress of this scheme as Dorset Council has very limited appetite for pursuing this request through our Legal and Democratic Cervices team.

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  • Thank you for making your report. We have asked our drainage team to contact you directly to discuss the issue. If any work is needed, they will arrange for this to happen. Should no immediate work be required we will continue to monitor this during our regular inspections.

    Although we always aim to complete repairs as quickly as possible, timescales do vary as we try to minimise disruption to customers by combining activities into single closures and always ensuring the safety of our people.

    Kind regards National Highways

    State changed to: Internal referral

    Posted by National Highways at 09:00, Fri 1 December 2023

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