Ilminster's blocked drains dangerous to drivers, councillor claims

Chard & Ilminster News: Floodwater next to the Gooch and Housego factory. Floodwater next to the Gooch and Housego factory.

BLOCKED drains around Ilminster could be putting motorists' lives at risk, it has been claimed this week.

A number of clogged spots include drains on Townsend, Ditton Street and the bend close to the Gooch and Housego factory near Listers Hill.

Cllr Andrew Shearman described his attempts to get Somerset County Council's highways officers to clear the drains as “slow going”.

He added: “The water covers half of the road so people either have to drive on the wrong side of the road on a blind bend or drive through the water and I've seen two cars ruined because of driving through the deep water.

“The town council is powerless to take on highways issues. We have made them [Somerset County Council] aware of our concerns and safety issues.”

Cllr Shearman recommended members of the public to contact highways directly to show the strength of feeling towards this work being completed.

Chard & Ilminster News: ANDREW Shearman

Cllr Andrew Shearman

Ilminster's county council representative, Cllr Linda Vijeh, said highways officers had tried to arrange a meeting with the town council “for some time” but was told they never responded.

She added: “I have reported those problems I've been made aware of, and if there continues to be issues then I would hope that the town council would keep me informed.”

Somerset County Council say surface water next to the Gooch and Housego factory drains away into privately owned ponds.

A spokesman added: “Unfortunately, if the water levels of the pond are too high then water is unable to drain away and this can lead to flooding on the road. We will be speaking with the pond owner to remind them of the importance of opening their sluice gates to alleviate this in future.”

Anyone wishing to contact the highways team at Somerset County Council should call 0845 345 9155.

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11:03pm Fri 13 Jun 14

orchardman says...

I discovered a while ago that the flooding adjacent to what is now Gooch and Housego wasn't such a problem when the site was owned by Clarks as they managed the relevant sluice gates to maintain the requisite water level to minimise the effect on the public road. When the County Council raise the matter with the current owners,, hopefully it will be logged in such a way so that anyone in the future suffering damage to their car will be able to make a claim against Gooch & Housego if it can be proved their lack of action caused the flood. As for the serious flooding at Townsend, this has only become a major problem since the conversion and construction work on the adjacent cottages began, so it doesn't take a genius to work out there could be a link, which will hopefully be rectified as the work reaches its conclusion.
I discovered a while ago that the flooding adjacent to what is now Gooch and Housego wasn't such a problem when the site was owned by Clarks as they managed the relevant sluice gates to maintain the requisite water level to minimise the effect on the public road. When the County Council raise the matter with the current owners,, hopefully it will be logged in such a way so that anyone in the future suffering damage to their car will be able to make a claim against Gooch & Housego if it can be proved their lack of action caused the flood. As for the serious flooding at Townsend, this has only become a major problem since the conversion and construction work on the adjacent cottages began, so it doesn't take a genius to work out there could be a link, which will hopefully be rectified as the work reaches its conclusion. orchardman
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10:38pm Sat 14 Jun 14

pavement user says...

I have also reported to Highways the dangers posed to pedestrians because of the poor condition of the pavement in Station Road Ilminster between Bradfords Building Supplies and the old Horlicks site. The pavement is less than half of its full width and is now very narrow due to overgrown vegetation, the surface is also breaking up. Unfortunately to date they have ignored my requests to make the pavement safe.
I have also reported to Highways the dangers posed to pedestrians because of the poor condition of the pavement in Station Road Ilminster between Bradfords Building Supplies and the old Horlicks site. The pavement is less than half of its full width and is now very narrow due to overgrown vegetation, the surface is also breaking up. Unfortunately to date they have ignored my requests to make the pavement safe. pavement user
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11:07am Sun 15 Jun 14

MrAngryOfChard says...

If you have an android smart phone (don't know about iphone) there is a wonderful free app called "RAC report pothole" and is free. On it you can report any potholes, and they will pass it on to the responsible authority !
I used it for the A358 potholes.When opened , tap on the "report abour a" button to see all the things you can report (from blocked drains to road signs and much more).
If you have an android smart phone (don't know about iphone) there is a wonderful free app called "RAC report pothole" and is free. On it you can report any potholes, and they will pass it on to the responsible authority ! I used it for the A358 potholes.When opened , tap on the "report abour a" button to see all the things you can report (from blocked drains to road signs and much more). MrAngryOfChard
  • Score: 1

4:44pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Ilminster Res says...

Apparently contractors can take up to 3 months from when the order was raised to carry out the works. Not overly reassuring when you've reported slippery road surface and overgrown pavements which means buggy users have to use the road.
Apparently contractors can take up to 3 months from when the order was raised to carry out the works. Not overly reassuring when you've reported slippery road surface and overgrown pavements which means buggy users have to use the road. Ilminster Res
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