We were expecting the ditch near Laburnum Way to be cleaned out today, but for some reason that wasn’t done. In any case the heavy rain has probably swept away any effluent that was there. However the heavy rain has highlighted another question- we understand that this ditch is meant to take all the surface water run-off from the Park School site – is it up to the job?
Here’s some photos taken by a local resident:
The first shows the ditch on 19th July, when the water level was low:
The second shows the same ditch today – not surprisingly, the water level is much higher after all the heavy rain.
The third shows a grille a little bit downstream from here. You can see various bits of plants and debris forming a bit of a barrier around the front of the grille. But to the right of the picture you can see some of the stuff that a resident had already removed from the ditch – it filled two 80-litre sacks. Without his efforts, would the grille have been completely blocked? Would the ditch have overflowed?