The Saxon Way ditch(drain)
Description of the ditch up to the begining of August 2015 and after the maintenance
This ditch connects the outfall from the main surface water drain serving the properties on the west side (the Lolworth side) of the spine path from Pheasant Rise down to Hanover housing, to the drain connected to the Infiltration Basin(pond) by the flyover. This ditch has had no maintanence for a long time (possible since the late 60s) and is in need of some serious clearing out.
Since the Parish Council was made aware of the existance of this ditch early this year and recent work to understand how it fits in with the drainage of the village, a program of work has been put in place to restore the ditch to a clean and debris free state and thus ensure that heavy rain can be efficiently carried to the Infiltration Basin.
Here are some pictures of the ditch before the work was done.
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Inlet from village drains 26th July 2015
Outlet from village drains 26th July 2015
Outlet from village drains 26th July 2015
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blocked area 26/07/2015.
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Outlet when surveyed in June.

Click here to view some pictures taken by Rob Mungovan
The Parish Council has contracted ADC to undertake this work. Click here to view the quote


Work to clean this ditch has now started today 10th August 2015 and I have taken some pictures of the work.
Today the work has been to clear away the vegetation so that the ditch can be accessed tomorrow to start digging it out. If you look at the inlet and the outlet pictures you can see that at least 2 foot of material needs to be removed before the water can flow freely from one end to the other.

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The lads from ADC at work.
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first stage of clearing the blocked area.
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first stage of clearing the blocked area.
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Inlet.
10/08/2015.
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outlet.
10/08/2015.
The work on the ditch is now complete and the water can flow freely.
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The ditch inlet cleared.
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The ditch is now clear.
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Blocked outlet end now clear.
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Blocked outlet end now clear.
When the ditch was cleared it was discovered that there was a major blockage where two trees had grown out of the ditch. This was quite a challange to clear and I am hoping that the video that the drainage engineers took will be sent to me and I can share it here.
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The trees blocking the stream.
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The tree block now removed.