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Sucker schedule sought


Alvechurch Parish Council is to ask the county council for its gulley-cleaning schedule following concerns over drainage and flooding.

Coun Peter Freeman told colleagues parish roads had seen a lot of “surface water” over the autumn and winter and wondered if the drains were cleared on a regular basis.

Chairman Marc Worrall said: “This seems to be a problem throughout the parish. It’s been a long time since I saw a sucker machine.”

Coun Sue Baxter pointed out: “You only seem to see them if there ‘s a major problem – but street cleaning is done by the district, and gulley clearing is by the county.”

Interim parish clerk Gill Lungley said: “The lengthsman used to clear out leaves and put them on the verges, but that’s classed as contamination now. You have to wait for the gulley-sucker to come, but there are only two in the county and one is out of action.”

Coun Worrall said: “We need to get hold of the parish schedule and check what’s meant to be happening, and see if it’s being done.”

*  Coun Steve Hornsby told colleagues he had met with North Worcestershire Water Management over the drainage problems causing the “Brown River of Bordesley”.

They had been to inspect the area and planned to clear the drains by jetting them, but were not sure if the drains belonged to Severn Trent or the county council.