Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Don't dig it there, dig it elsewhere........

This started last year.

During last summer, there were problems all over the West Midlands with burst pipes.
My road was no exception.

It started off as a bulge in the street. The bulge started leaking and formed a stream of water which ran into the gutter.

I called Severn Trent who sent men out to dig an exploratory hole and they watched it fill up with water before filling the hole in again. Piling the fresh gravel and tar on top of the water.

This picture was taken shortly after they cleared off.

We've grown quite a collection of greenery..........

The problem is compounded by the council's poor maintenance of the drains. Instead of going into the drain, the water pours over the blocked drain cover and carries on down the road.

During the freezing winter, it became a problem as, every time I put the bin into the road for the bin men, if I wasn't careful, the bin would freeze to the gutter.

Crossing the road from my side to the other was tricky to say the least.

Recently, I complained to the council.

More men from Severn Trent arrived, they re-dug the same area, dug a hole deep enough to bury a traffic cone and watched the hole fill up deeply enough to drown said traffic cone..........

........before filling it in again.

Again, they've made no attempt to find the source of the water, or empty the hole before piling more gravel and tarmac in again.

Nice work on the potholes there, guys. Oh yeah, different department.

I wonder if we could make a feature of it.........