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We are 50 Birthorpre Road. The rain water drain running under Birthorpe Road is collapsed. is blocked

Reported via mobile in the Flowing water, life or property at risk category anonymously at 12:47, Friday 16 February 2024

Sent to Lincolnshire County Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 494079.

I am Mr Pyrah 50 Birthorpe Road, NG34 0QT. 07980 577067. There is rainwater ditch along the western boundary of the cemetery on the map. This takes the runoff from the large field to the west. This ditch flows into a drain that runs under Birthorpe Road and enters a ditch that runs down the left-hand side of Birththorpe Road heading into the village. The houses have improved the flow of this ditch over several years though this has never been an issue. The bottleneck is the above drain running under the road and then where it goes under a bridge at the start of the ditch. This has partially collapsed and not been repaired just tarmacked over. As a result, the water backs up in the ditch before it enters the drain under the road and flows as in the attached photo. In winter it is an ice-skating ring and very dangerous to walk on or drive. An accident waiting to happen. The water backed up in the ditch on the west side of the cemetery floods the cemetery and this flows out of the ground on the east side of the cemetery along with whatever contagious disease the residents of the cemetery died of. Anthrax, Tuberculosis, Smallpox, bubonic plague? The silt from these regular gushing blocks the rainwater drains down the hill in the village and the village floods. Today outside the Telecoms man is now spending a day rodding their conduits as they have filled with silt from these floods.

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  • Thanks for letting us know about your issue with flooding. We will look into this and let you know what we find within the next 14 days. You can find out more about flooding and drainage on our website

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 12:47, Friday 16 February 2024

  • Thank you for your report. We will investigate and make an update to this report within 14 days.

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 12:58, Friday 16 February 2024

  • Great news, we’ve had a look at the issue and we have now passed to our Highways Officers for the team to assess what can be done to resolve the matter. We’ll let you know when the assessment has taken place.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 16:02, Friday 16 February 2024

  • Thanks for getting in touch with us. In this case, we’re not responsible for this issue. However, we believe that the Parish Council may be responsible as the pipe is under their access for the cemetery. We will report to them and ask them to investigate condition of their pipe and arrange any repairs if necessary. Thank you for reporting this matter.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 10:17, Wednesday 28 February 2024

  • I have clearly stated that the drain flows under Birthrorpe Road and showed its position on the map. You’re telling me I am wrong, and the drain is “under their access for the cemetery”.

    Whilst you might assume a drainpipe flows down the right-hand side of Birthorpe Road heading towards the village this is not the case. The ditch above the cemetery on the RHS flows into a drainpipe that flows perpendicular under Birthorpe Road to the left-hand side drainage ditch. This is just above the boundary of the cemetery. I have described this at length in my complaint and I have a video taken during the last flood. This shows the ingress of the drain on the RHS of Birthorpe road and its exit directly across into the ditch on the LHS. The drains ingress and exit are both outside the boundary of cemetery and its access road and the whole collapsed drain runs under Birththorpe Road.

    As I understand from the appropriate statutory instruments this is therefore the county council’s responsibility.

    Please contact me on 07980 577067 or on this email so we can arrange a mutually convenient time for a site visit.


    John Pyrah

    Posted by JOHN ARTHUR PYRAH at 16:54, Wednesday 28 February 2024

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