Thinking back to happier times, I remember council lorries and staff doing maintenance work during the summer months, clearing gutters and drains of weeds and other debris so that water freely flowed down them when the winter rains came. After yesterday's overnight rain much of Chiswick was under water, but 'surprisingly, one area that was not affected by flooding was the Fishers Lane underpass which usually becomes a lake when there is heavy rainfall. It is understood that recent work undertaken at the site improved the existing drainage system'. So it can be done if it's one of the council's pet projects! Come on Hounslow - how about improving life for all residents and unblock our drains?
Mandy Waters ● 97d37 Comments
I asked the men sweeping the leaves in the High Rd for some. But they may also be available through Fix my Street. You get them collected that way by saying it's fly tipping.
Mandy Waters ● 89d
Huge piles of leaves all along the road between Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre and Kew Bridge still
Maggie Dodge ● 91d
Well said Will, some of my neighbours and I regularly sweep the leaves off the pavements, put them in green bags supplied by the council and leave them to be collected. But the gutters are full of debris from one year to the next, leaf fall and silt is left to rot and block drains which are never cleared. It is unacceptable. And it will get worse as we now have trees and strong grasses growing in the gutters and pavements as no weeding was done last summer. Dreadful.
Mandy Waters ● 93d
Ditto Ealing in the Bollo Lane area. Sooner or later houses will flood with all the misery that brings, but also the cost will be more and more with each year that passes and no action- beyond the never ending building that puts pressure on infrastructure. Global warming is here, the problem will not go away. Act now before a flooding group forms that will take you to task permanently.
Helen Martin ● 94d
Yes, the Council used to put up notices before street cleaning. It was a real pain for everyone trying to find somewhere else to park and of course there are cars which are parked which are there for weeks without being moved perhaps because their owners have gone on holiday or perhaps because their owners only keep them 'just in case' and don't actually use them much. Trees do not drop their leaves to order or to fit in with an Excel sheet schedule. That is why you are more likely to get your street swept when it really needs it. Councils also tend to or should know where leaves get blown into drifts making pavements impassable. No sooner has the street been cleaned then another storm can bring down a whole load more leaves.In Ealing you can ask for some green bags for street leaves. You should then phone the Council to collect them. Funnily enough it was Maggie who posted the information. This is separate from the Garden Waste collection which you have to pay for. If neighbours were to talk to each other they could share.I don't think that the contracts for street sweeping disposal and garden waste disposal are the same or goes to the same place. Last I investigated street sweepings according to Defra had to be incinerated because of the toxins and other detritus included, whereas garden waste could be composted.
Philippa Bond ● 94d
Which is exactly what happens but of course that wouldn't fit in with Philippa's increasingly narrowing narrative would it?
N V Brooks ● 94d
You are right - the council always used to suspend parking to clean the street, and they are fast enough to do that and fine people if parking bays are suspended for removals etc. I and my neighbours have complained that road sweepers driving up and down the middle of the road because of parked cars are a complete waste of our money. I've been met with a shoulder shrug by the driver and silence from the council. More of us need to complain to our councillors and Hounslow Council in order to get things done properly. Cleaner and Greener is the new leader's mantra - let's hold him to account.
Mandy Waters ● 94d
I agree I spend time clearing leaves from the drain outside to help the water flow. I reported the huge amount of standing water on Fisher's Lane by the Health Centre via Love Clean Streets app will wait to see if it's effective. Also Acton Lane has continual problems with standing water even when no heavy rain - permanent lake outside Sherry's Funeral Directors but there is no drain there at all
Paul Hughes-Smith ● 95d
Just an idea. Why don’t residents and shopowners spend 5 minutes clearing leaves from around their frontage. Anyone physically unable could be covered by neighbours. Not saying every day. Just when there is heavy rain coming.
Will Carpmael ● 95d
'It is more difficult nowadays for those machines to clean the drains when there are so many cars parked along the streets. I've seen one cleaning the drains in the middle of the road late at night.'Unless I've missed something the council used to put up notices telling people about work to be done in an area and also put cones out and would towaway cars parked in the way, we've just had some works done around here and that was certainly the case.
Vanessa Smith ● 95d
Worldwide Memorable Fatbergs including a Whitechapel Fatberg Memorial manhole cover!:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatberghttps://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/discover/putting-fatberg-displayAVOID CREATING FATBERGS:How to Reduce Reuse and Recycle Household Cooking Oil:https://westlondonwaste.gov.uk/materials/food/cooking-oilThere are also companies who will pay to take away your business' cooking oilDon't flush wet wipes! You may have noticed that the Wandsworth MP Fleur Anderson is trying to get wet wipes with plastic in them banned as they are clogging up the sewers and are very evident on the River Thames foreshore.Only put the three Ps - pee poo and toilet paper down the loo!
Philippa Bond ● 95d
It is more difficult nowadays for those machines to clean the drains when there are so many cars parked along the streets. I've seen one cleaning the drains in the middle of the road late at night.
Philippa Bond ● 95d
Philippa Bond ● 95d
The High Rd end of Dukes Avenue was the worst I've ever seen it. Both sides were flooded such that the 'dry' strip in the middle was only about 1m wide. The council recently cleared the gulley closest to me (which has been blocked for over 6yrs) but with the leaf fall it was blocked at the surface. 15 minutes with a rake got it and the gutter clear enough of leaves to get the water running freely. The 3 or 4 gulleys on the west side though between Hadley Gardens and the High Rd all blocked at a much deeper level
david ward ● 95d
Well, perhaps Ealing Council’s determination to build on the land at Gurnell isn’t such a bright idea then. Not only paving over green space, it’s also a flood plain and regularly takes the overflow from the River Brent. According to the geniuses at the council they can ‘mitigate’ that. King Canute lives.
Simon Hayes ● 96d
Where my daughter lives, there was a constant problem with flooding on the corner of her road. A busy route for children walking to the local primary school It had been an issue for the 6 years since she moved there. All calls to the Council were ignored. Now a new very proactive Councillor has had the matter sorted. A blocked soak away was replaced. How refreshing that a problem is reported and the issue solved. She’s working her way through similar complaints. An example of how it should be done ✔️
Maggie Dodge ● 96d
In London we have combined sewers that carry both sewage and rainwater. In some other places they are separate. As I understand it if they suddenly become too full sewage backs up into homes. There is a London supersewer being built which is due for completion in 2024. We also don't want raw sewage to be discharged into our rivers and seas polluting them. This is why we need to slow the rate at which rainwater runs into the sewers, why there are rain gardens and sustainable urban drainage systems being built and why rivers that have been straightened are now being given back their wiggles.Also why we should be not be paving and concreting our gardens with impermeable surfaces - and collecting rainwater in water butts. Just because it rains one week doesn't mean it will for the next month.. https://www.rhs.org.uk/garden-features/rain-gardenshttps://www.economist.com/britain/2020/03/07/re-engineering-britains-rivershttps://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/climate-change/effects-of-climate-change
Philippa Bond ● 96d
I understand that years ago - gullies were cleared pro- actively on a rota, now it is reactive - which means only as and when. I have reported two this week where I live as they were 'slow running'. I don't think it's helped with all the blasted weeds growing in gutters which stops rain from flowing into the soakaways. Whether or not it is a better use of resources and money to go back to a rota system is another matter.
Vanessa Smith ● 96d
Judging by the thunderous sound of the rain that seemed to go on for hours two nights ago, I'm not surprised there was flooding.
Colin Jordan ● 97d
My cousin Paddy works for a water utility in East London and his job includes the rather iffy task of cleaning gutters and so on. Besides the usual issues ('fatbergs', resources, time etc) he mentioned that flooding this time was made more prominent by the volume of water and by the fact that the high winds caused a lot of the leaves still on the trees (it's mid-Autumn at the end of the day) to fall en mass, thus causing the blockages.Alternatively, you can blame the cyclists, that never gets old!
Francis Sheehan ● 97d
A little reported issue with our sewer network are concretebergs. We’ve heard about the fatbergs but the concrete ones are common and create worse problems. It seems that piling machines break through pipe networks and then the concrete that’s poured in simply flows into the drains and fills them up.There are also unscrupulous builders who pour waste material down drains rather than disposing of it properly.
Simon Hayes ● 97d
Its many years since I've seen one of those lorries with an "elephant trunk" that sucked all the sludge from gully under the gutter grille.I fear it may be an unforeseen consequence of the campaign to stop the combined drain discharging sewage into the Thames. By leaving the road drainage partially blocked the rain is prevented from overwhelming the sewers. Once the giant holding tank ( aka Super Sewer) is complete there should be no reason to hold back the rain fall. We may even see those "elephant trunks" back.
Peter Milligan ● 97d
I’ve been accused on Nextdoor of blaming the cycle lane for the flooding in Chiswick. Possibly the whole of England . This is what we’re dealing with 😂
Maggie Dodge ● 97d