Properties and 1 business on Lightwood Road and Charles Street were evacuated last week following heavy rain which caused flooding in the area. This led to the discovery of damage to a stone culvert which carries Hogshaw Brook underneath the properties, sparking concerns it could potentially collapse.
We have made an offer to the Environment Agency to underwrite the cost of repairing the damage to speed up the process.
Now the Environment Agency, which is the risk management authority for the brook, will consider the contractor’s findings to work up plans to repair the damage as soon as possible.
Responsibility for maintaining the culvert lies with a number of different landowners, including ourselves. We are responsible for the section under the road which isn’t damaged.
Councillor Simon Spencer, our Cabinet Member for Highways Transport and Infrastructure, said:
“We understand this has been distressing for residents and we’re working very closely with the Environment Agency to enable repairs to be started at the earliest opportunity.
“Although the area that needs repairs falls on private land, the county council has offered to pay for these repairs so the work can start as soon as possible and residents can feel reassured that the culvert is safe.
“Funding to resolve the problem could take some time to arrange so the county council has offered underwrite the cost and look to recover the costs at a later date once investigations into who should pay are complete.”
We, along with Environment Agency and police, have visited residents in the area twice in recent days to keep them informed and to manage their fears of a collapse.