Saffron Walden flooding on South Road finally being addressed

After much local pressure from local Residents’ councillors and chasing by ECC,  BT Openreach is finally undertaking the work required on South Road in Saffron Walden to repair the drains they damaged.

Paul Gadd (R4U) Paul Gadd (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Paul Gadd, Essex County Councillor for the Saffron Walden division, said “I have been only too aware of the misery suffered by residents of South Road with the regular flooding near the old railway bridge. In February of this year, Essex Highways excavated the drain and discovered that the blockage in the drain had been caused by BT Openreach laying a cable duct through the drain pipe.

After months of chasing by Essex Highways, BT Openreach have now started work to move their cable duct. Once this has been done, Essex Highways will be able to assess the state of the drain fully, and make any necessary repairs and clear any other blockages to get the drain working properly. Unfortunately, the Essex Highways employees are also needed at this time to drive their gritting lorries, and may therefore take longer than ideal to carry out the repairs. If residents see the roadworks in place for longer than expected that is likely to be the reason.”

Cllr Gadd continued “I’m grateful for Essex Highways to have kept chasing BT Openreach. Soon after I was elected, there was severe flooding at a number of locations in and around Saffron Walden, largely caused by long-standing issues, and I am delighted that they have almost all now been addressed.”

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