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Lib Dems: Action on blocked gullies is needed across the Borough

January 25, 2014
Chris and the Castle Ward Focus Team have been working to identify problem gullies

Chris and the Castle Ward Focus Team have been working to identify problem gullies

Hastings and Rye Liberal Democrat Campaigners are demanding urgent action from the County Council to get rainwater gullies across Hastings and St Leonards unblocked.

The Lib Dems are concerned at the hazards to pedestrians and vehicles from drains overflowing into local roads – especially in current stormy conditions. Local residents, for example in Wellington Road, experienced severe problems last year when cold weather iced up overflowing surface water on the local steep roads. The Lib Dems have drawn especial attention to gullies in Castle Ward but there are many others blocked across the Borough.

The Lib Dems are disturbed by what appears to be the mis-management of gully clearance by Tory-led East Sussex County Council. Blocked gullies have been reported over many months and promises made of early action – which hasn’t materialised. Assurances have been received that works have been carried out – when they haven’t!

The newly elected Chair of Hastings and Rye Liberal Democrats Chris Lewcock has sent a letter to the ESCC Cabinet Member for Highways, Carl Maynard, seeking urgent action to deal with identified problem gullies and assurances that management processes will be improved, for example by including gullies alongside existing routine pothole inspections.

Chris Lewcock stated:

“I’ve been shocked by the extent of neglected gullies and by the promises of action that have been made and not kept. I hope that County Councillor Maynard will be able to take a grip on his portfolio responsibilities and get these very basic but essential works carried out as a matter of urgency!”



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