Concern over blocked gullies in York

Steve Wragg, flood risk manager

Steve Wragg, flood risk manager

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

MORE than 50 gullies are blocked in York and require significant engineering work to tackle the problems.

A Freedom of Information request to City of York Council has revealed that it received 459 reports of blocked gullies in the last 18 months, and it took an average time of five and a half days to clear them.

It said there were 55 outstanding blocked gullies where significant engineering work would be required to remedy the problem.

"The programme for significant engineering works is £200,000 per annum and schemes are delivered on a rolling annual programme," it said.

Flood risk manager Steve Wragg told The Press that as part of a rolling programme, the authority was continuing to invest in cleaning York’s gullies, and key routes were cleansed annually.

"All residents’ reports of blocked gullies are inspected and where possible reactive maintenance works are carried out, with the average response time being 5.5 working days from receipt of the report," he said.

"There are currently 55 sites that require further works, some may be simple remedies but others may require extensive investigations so time and cost to remedy each varies significantly."

His comments came as a report was published earlier this week, detailing York's draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, which outlines the action needed to protect the city from future flooding risks.

Mr Wragg said the strategy report, which goes to the council's cabinet next week, supported the need for continued investment in highway maintenance to manage flood risks.


Work needed

THESE are the 48 streets where significant engineering work is needed to tackle blocked gullies, some of which have more than one location requiring work: Ten Thorn Lane, Back Lane, Shipton Road (inside outer Ring Road), A1237 School Lane, Wetherby Road, Field Lane, Windsor Drive, Hull Road, York Road, Bishopthorpe Road, Wigginton Road, Top Lane, A1237 (Millfield roundabout), Wetherby Road, Main Street, Wheldrake Lane, Karelia and Ashdale Crossing, Long Lane, Heslington, Vicarage Lane, Cow Moor Bridge, The Village, Stockton on Forest, The Village, Strensall, Cleveland Way, Bad Bargain Lane, Moor Lane, Lords Moor Lane, Naburn Lane, Elvington Lane, Grantham Drive, Welland Rise, Beckfield Lane, A1237, Rawcliffe, Hurricane Way, Sitwell Grove, Huntington Road, Front Street, Bishopthorpe Road, Haxby Road, Gray Street, Dauby Lane, School Lane, Malton Road, Shipton Road, Sheriff Hutton Road, Strensall Road, Mill Lane, Corner Close.

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10:39am Wed 3 Sep 14

maybejustmaybe says...

Most of the gullies are blocked around shipton street, Newborough street etc. Never had a problem with biannual emptying. They emptied the one outside my house after I emailed the council and it runs clear now. Shame they didn't bother with the rest on our street.
Most of the gullies are blocked around shipton street, Newborough street etc. Never had a problem with biannual emptying. They emptied the one outside my house after I emailed the council and it runs clear now. Shame they didn't bother with the rest on our street. maybejustmaybe
  • Score: 6

11:43am Wed 3 Sep 14

smudge2 says...

Never had a problem with biannual emptying........You have hit the nail on the head..
Never had a problem with biannual emptying........You have hit the nail on the head.. smudge2
  • Score: 5

11:56am Wed 3 Sep 14

munstombo says...

This and the flood work should be picked up using some of the Yorkshire Water £330,000,000 profit (£330 million plus) ! Bring back York water works. The city of York would be rich again selling to the rest of the region.
This and the flood work should be picked up using some of the Yorkshire Water £330,000,000 profit (£330 million plus) ! Bring back York water works. The city of York would be rich again selling to the rest of the region. munstombo
  • Score: 13

12:06pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Seems very odd that One times its the Council, the next breath its the Water Authority. What Exactly constitutes a "Gully" drain, old stream bed, water drain channel, we all already know they cant clear street drains .
Seems very odd that One times its the Council, the next breath its the Water Authority. What Exactly constitutes a "Gully" drain, old stream bed, water drain channel, we all already know they cant clear street drains . Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -28

12:09pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Knavesmire view says...

Pretty much every road in Bootham and South Bank needs adding to that list at the very least!
Pretty much every road in Bootham and South Bank needs adding to that list at the very least! Knavesmire view
  • Score: 6

12:12pm Wed 3 Sep 14

notmyrealname says...

just look for the weeds growing at the side of all the back streets and alleys in York eg Bishophill around Victoria Bar . They are growing in the soil and dirt accumulating in the gutters . Cannot see how the drains or soakaways can be clear ... Maybe a few more street cleaners needed - just spend some resources cleaning up instead of 'strategy reprts" and 'consultations " !
just look for the weeds growing at the side of all the back streets and alleys in York eg Bishophill around Victoria Bar . They are growing in the soil and dirt accumulating in the gutters . Cannot see how the drains or soakaways can be clear ... Maybe a few more street cleaners needed - just spend some resources cleaning up instead of 'strategy reprts" and 'consultations " ! notmyrealname
  • Score: 10

1:27pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

All that used cooking fat tipped into the gully outside the take-aways on Gillygate every night doesn't help...
All that used cooking fat tipped into the gully outside the take-aways on Gillygate every night doesn't help... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 11

3:15pm Wed 3 Sep 14

greenmonkey says...

notmyrealname wrote:
just look for the weeds growing at the side of all the back streets and alleys in York eg Bishophill around Victoria Bar . They are growing in the soil and dirt accumulating in the gutters . Cannot see how the drains or soakaways can be clear ... Maybe a few more street cleaners needed - just spend some resources cleaning up instead of 'strategy reprts" and 'consultations " !
'lets save money by scrapping regular gully cleaning and removal of leaves, delaying weed spraying etc... oh dear where has all that muck come from blocking those drains - exceptional downpours..... no one could have predicted this stuff would end up blocking the drains"
[quote][p][bold]notmyrealname[/bold] wrote: just look for the weeds growing at the side of all the back streets and alleys in York eg Bishophill around Victoria Bar . They are growing in the soil and dirt accumulating in the gutters . Cannot see how the drains or soakaways can be clear ... Maybe a few more street cleaners needed - just spend some resources cleaning up instead of 'strategy reprts" and 'consultations " ![/p][/quote]'lets save money by scrapping regular gully cleaning and removal of leaves, delaying weed spraying etc... oh dear where has all that muck come from blocking those drains - exceptional downpours..... no one could have predicted this stuff would end up blocking the drains" greenmonkey
  • Score: 1

5:00pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Cheeky face says...

Just what does the council do properly? Gullies done on as cyclic rotation in Scarborough; plus one off emptying when brought to the county council's attention. We have regular weedkilling days on footpaths near me.

Why did I leave York, you may well ask!
Just what does the council do properly? Gullies done on as cyclic rotation in Scarborough; plus one off emptying when brought to the county council's attention. We have regular weedkilling days on footpaths near me. Why did I leave York, you may well ask! Cheeky face
  • Score: 1

6:13pm Wed 3 Sep 14

sammy07 says...

theres weeds growing every where you look.. in the gullys.,.
theres weeds growing every where you look.. in the gullys.,. sammy07
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Blythespirit says...

notmyrealname wrote:
just look for the weeds growing at the side of all the back streets and alleys in York eg Bishophill around Victoria Bar . They are growing in the soil and dirt accumulating in the gutters . Cannot see how the drains or soakaways can be clear ... Maybe a few more street cleaners needed - just spend some resources cleaning up instead of 'strategy reprts" and 'consultations " !
It's not just in the Bishopthorpe Road area. Everywhere in York (apart from the centre) has the same problem. It's not just the back alleys either. This council is the worst in living memory and if anyone criticises our dear leader and his cronies in these comments, they hack the plus and minus buttons and the comments get a ridiculous number of minus votes. Pathetic...
[quote][p][bold]notmyrealname[/bold] wrote: just look for the weeds growing at the side of all the back streets and alleys in York eg Bishophill around Victoria Bar . They are growing in the soil and dirt accumulating in the gutters . Cannot see how the drains or soakaways can be clear ... Maybe a few more street cleaners needed - just spend some resources cleaning up instead of 'strategy reprts" and 'consultations " ![/p][/quote]It's not just in the Bishopthorpe Road area. Everywhere in York (apart from the centre) has the same problem. It's not just the back alleys either. This council is the worst in living memory and if anyone criticises our dear leader and his cronies in these comments, they hack the plus and minus buttons and the comments get a ridiculous number of minus votes. Pathetic... Blythespirit
  • Score: 7

9:22pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Dr Brian says...

Cycle lanes and 20mph zones are all this council cares about and because of that there is no money left to keep the drains clean. Another failure by Alexander and co.
Cycle lanes and 20mph zones are all this council cares about and because of that there is no money left to keep the drains clean. Another failure by Alexander and co. Dr Brian
  • Score: -2

11:36pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Jack Ham says...

Labours vanity projects and CYC officer foreign trips - no problem.

Basic maintenance, bins, car parks, grit and social care - no chance.

Alexander, Simpson Laing and co will blame 'cuts' but we have seen fir ourselves how they squander our money on pointless projects that only seem to provide Labour councillors with photo opportunities or a step closer to standing as MP's.

I've voted Labour before. Never again.
Labours vanity projects and CYC officer foreign trips - no problem. Basic maintenance, bins, car parks, grit and social care - no chance. Alexander, Simpson Laing and co will blame 'cuts' but we have seen fir ourselves how they squander our money on pointless projects that only seem to provide Labour councillors with photo opportunities or a step closer to standing as MP's. I've voted Labour before. Never again. Jack Ham
  • Score: -9

12:33am Thu 4 Sep 14

oi oi savaloy says...

Do you remember paying your rates to the council and they actually provided a service? now its just a gravy train where people like k.e. and p.e-j. and the like just stuff their greedy little pockets with YOUR cash, people on the council are on hundreds of thousands!! HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS thats your hard earned cash that they are thieving off of you!!
Do you remember paying your rates to the council and they actually provided a service? now its just a gravy train where people like k.e. and p.e-j. and the like just stuff their greedy little pockets with YOUR cash, people on the council are on hundreds of thousands!! HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS thats your hard earned cash that they are thieving off of you!! oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -6

11:11am Thu 4 Sep 14

Blythespirit says...

Jack Ham wrote:
Labours vanity projects and CYC officer foreign trips - no problem.

Basic maintenance, bins, car parks, grit and social care - no chance.

Alexander, Simpson Laing and co will blame 'cuts' but we have seen fir ourselves how they squander our money on pointless projects that only seem to provide Labour councillors with photo opportunities or a step closer to standing as MP's.

I've voted Labour before. Never again.
I see Alexander and Co have been hacking the minus buttons again in response to your post. Can't the fools see how bleedin' obvious it is? I have always been a Labour voter BUT never again while this shower are in power. They need to go and Alexander needs to get a real job... his political ambitions are going nowhere.
[quote][p][bold]Jack Ham[/bold] wrote: Labours vanity projects and CYC officer foreign trips - no problem. Basic maintenance, bins, car parks, grit and social care - no chance. Alexander, Simpson Laing and co will blame 'cuts' but we have seen fir ourselves how they squander our money on pointless projects that only seem to provide Labour councillors with photo opportunities or a step closer to standing as MP's. I've voted Labour before. Never again.[/p][/quote]I see Alexander and Co have been hacking the minus buttons again in response to your post. Can't the fools see how bleedin' obvious it is? I have always been a Labour voter BUT never again while this shower are in power. They need to go and Alexander needs to get a real job... his political ambitions are going nowhere. Blythespirit
  • Score: -1
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