Watery Lane is at last receiving the attention from Essex Highways that has been noticeably lacking in the last few months and in our opinion years. Cllr Michael Hoy was there today and spoke with an officer from Essex County Council.
As mentioned in the previous post two 4,000 tankers turned up on Wednesday evening after a meeting involving County Highways, Hullbridge Cllrs Michael & Diane Hoy, Rochford’s Portfolio Holder for Transport and also their Chief Engineer. The tankers managed to pump away 20,000 gallons that night.
On Thursday those tankers returned together with two further tankers, paid for by Roy Hart, a local businessman, and they proceeded to pump the water out of the Lane. Mr Hart’s tankers emptied their water into the ditches further up towards Battlesbridge hence the flow of water people had seen. The tankers from Essex emptied their water at the sewage works.
By the end of the day the Lane was essentially dry and road sweepers were sent in. However, as predicted, water was still coming into the Lane from the fields and the water has now built up again and the road surface is still covered with silt and gravel.
A small digger has been on site today clearing some of the ditches and a larger digger has been organised and will be arriving on site next week to continue clearing the ditches at a faster rate. Once the ditches have been cleared it will allow work on the actual road drains to begin. When Essex County Council have started on these it will be known if silt is the only issue or whether there are structural problems, such as the reported collapsed drain, that are contributing to the problem.
We will keep everyone updated but for the next week Watery Lane will be officially closed with people working on the carriageway and large machinery blocking the road. Also there is water on the carriageway, and although not as deep as recently, this could cause problems to cars if it gets into the air intake.
As a matter of historic interest Watery Lane used to be narrow than it is now, originally it was the watercourse for the stream running next to it, and a culvert ran along its Southern side (the left side going away from Hullbridge) and this drained the water. However after a number of accidents the culvert was piped and the road surface extended over the top, with drains inserted, to make the road wider.