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Willersey Water Woes Washed Away
Villagers in Willersey are keeping their fingers crossed that a long-term road flooding problem has been resolved thanks to great teamwork by Cotswold District Council, Willersey Parish Council, the Willersey Resilience Group and Gloucestershire Highways which resulted in the removal of an obstruction in a culvert last week.
Persistent flooding in the Frampton Drive/Collin Lane area of Willersey has been a source of frustration for villagers for a considerable time and it may now be a thing of the past. Tim Dowan, Community Resilience Liaison Officer at Cotswold District Council, recently arranged a site meeting with representatives from Willersey Parish Council, the Willersey Resilience Group’s Stream Team, and Gloucestershire Highways.
As a result, Bob Skillern from Gloucestershire Highways commissioned a camera survey of a nearby culvert, by contractors Sub Tech, which shed significant light on the problem – photographs showed that an abandoned garden incinerator (pictured) was blocking the culvert and the Highways then arranged for it to be removed swiftly.
Tim Prestage of the local Stream Team praised the local authorities: "I am very grateful to everyone for taking such prompt and positive action. We discussed this problem on a Monday and it was attended to within four days – hopefully excess water will now drain away quickly when we get heavy rain."
Barry Gibbs, Cotswold District Council’s Portfolio Holder with responsibility for flood resilience, commented: "This is a terrific example of local authorities and the community coming together as a team to solve a problem. We are all hoping that the removal of the incinerator from the culvert will free up the water flow sufficiently to prevent any further flooding in the road."
He also warned:"There is the possibility that someone dumped this incinerator into a ditch rather than disposing of it safely. Fly tipping is a serious environmental crime, and an incident like this brings home to everyone what the consequences can be. It also shows how the selfish action of a single individual might threaten an entire community."
: 16/02/2010 14:43:43
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