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Great Brays gets a makeover.

Communities / Sat 5th Apr 2014 am30 10:05am

As part of its extensive ongoing programme of works to deal with flooding on the highways network, Essex Highways has this week completed the following schemes:

• Great Brays Estate, Harlow

A thorough cleanse of the highway drainage system has been undertaken on the estate. Preliminary reports suggest that the system was heavily silted up and required jetting.

• Hall Green Lane, Shenfield

An extensive drainage scheme to alleviate property flooding has been completed. Residents are very pleased with the work undertaken and will monitor effectiveness during the next period of prolonged rainfall. As part of the works which were completed under a road closure, Essex Highways have replaced two road gullies, and installed a new gulley and a new section of pipework to make the highway drainage system work more efficiently.

• Mill Road, Foxearth

Following notifications from residents regarding flooding over many years, Essex Highways have undertaken a thorough survey of the ancient brick culvert that runs through the village. As part of the site investigation, a CCTV survey was undertaken and the results have shown that the culvert is very misshapen in places and is suffering the effects of tree root damage. At two locations the culvert has collapsed and this is preventing the system from working. In addition, much of the water entering this old culvert comes off of fields to the west of the village. Discussions are ongoing with a local land owner to see if an alternative solution is possible to intercept this water before it reaches the village. Discussions are also ongoing with the Environment Agency as it appears that the ancient brick culvert is a main water course that they will have some responsibility for maintaining.

• School Road, Great Horkesley

Following notifications of serious road flooding between a road gulley and the pond, jetting and investigation works found a serious pipe blockage caused by tree roots coming from a private property. A 3m length of dense tree roots was removed from the pipe which appears to have resolved the flooding issue and a new manhole has been constructed to facilitate future maintenance of the system.

• Maypole Road, Heybridge

Extensive ditch clearance work has been undertaken in Maypole Road towards Capains Wood Road, including at the junction and further north of Captains Wood Road towards the garden centre.

• Carter’s Hill, Manuden

Extensive cleansing to road gullies and associated pipework has been undertaken to alleviate extensive flooding. A ditch in Mallows Green Road has been cleared over a distance of 200m. The residents in Mallows Green Road have expressed their gratitude for the works undertaken by Essex Highways.

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