Monday, 30 November 2020

Action to solve flood-hit street

FLOODING on a residential street in Goring could soon be tackled.

FLOODING on a residential street in Goring could soon be tackled.

The parish council has persuaded drainage engineers from Network Rail and Oxfordshire County Council to inspect the pipework beneath Gatehampton Road.

There have been long-standing complaints that the street floods in heavy rain and residents have nicknamed it “Gatehampton River”.

The entrance to the street by Goring station is at the bottom of a shallow dip and the water can get so deep that it is inaccessible.

Network Rail believes there could be problems with a pitch fibre drainage ditch running beside the road to Gatehampton railway bridge, about three-quarters of a mile south of the station.

Kevin Bulmer, who chairs the parish council, said the company had admitted the ditch hadn’t been maintained for as long as anyone could remember.

The company had agreed to check for blockages using fibre-optic cameras and might lay a new pipe if needed.

Councillor Bulmer said: “There may be various causes, from water and rubble getting in through uncovered manholes to areas where the ditch has collapsed or been blocked by tree roots.

“It is good that someone is taking responsibility.”

He said the county council had inspected pipework directly under the street and found damage to the gully it runs along.

It is to ask gas and power company SSE to investigate.

Cllr Bulmer added: “Hopefully most or all of the problem will be resolved now we’ve got all parties involved.

“I’m sure people who’ve had to wade through water to their cars will be pleased to know we’re doing something.”

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