At last we may have movement at Essex County Council on Watery Lane.
Yesterday Cllrs Michael & Diane Hoy, along with Cllr Keith Hudson, met with County Highways Chief Engineer and Rochford’s Chief Engineer.
Michael put forward the points
- Immediate action was needed to make the road passable. His view was the drains/culverts needed cleaning as they were blocked by sediment and then the water could be pumped away. The drainage could then cope with the water continuing to drain from the fields and the road could be opened.
- There would be a need for regular monthly maintenance and additional maintenance at times of flooding. It is accepted that Watery Lane, being the actual original course of the stream running next to it, will probably flood a few days each year despite any work carried out on it (unless the bed is raised a few feet).
- Work in the longer term was needed to make sure the road would not flood so badly again, which could include additional drainage.
Today Michael has been told by Essex County Council that Contractors will be on site today and as this is written we are being told by a resident in Watery Lane that tankers have arrived and the water is being pumped into them. However it appears that someone has complained about the noise and, although the tankers have a licence to pump for 24hrs, they will now have to stop at 7.00pm. Hopefully this will be sorted out soon and they will continue to work.
As the pumping and other work will be continuing Watery Lane will still remain closed tomorrow. The road will not be passable as two 4,000 gallons will be blocking the road and people will be working on it. Please do not try and take this short cut as you will have to turn back.
We are checking a few more issues tonight and will write further on this tomorrow.