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Surviving the walk to school each morning

Canoeing along Broad Lane

Another early start meant that the walk to school was tranquil, so no traffic problems to report on.  I hope this remained true half an hour later.

After yesterday’s downpour and high winds, I noticed the amount of water sitting in the fields as we walked along to school. You could see evidence all around of the fields not draining.  The many existing pools of water are getting bigger, and there’s more rain on the way this weekend.  Perhaps we’ll need a canoe for our walk to school this winter?  Brings a whole new meaning to “traffic flow”.

I thought I’d have a quick look into what the impact of Nantwich South might be, on flooding and drainage.  The proposals submitted by Muller’s consultants suggest three options to remove surface water:

  • Building a new sewer under Wellington Road and down to Nantwich Lake
  • Building a new sewer under farm land to the River Weaver
  • Connecting to the existing small ditch alongside Broad Lane.

The first two options may seem to make sense, until you picture how much the River Weaver rises during and after heavy rain. How much further would the water rise with the addition of this extra source?

So, perhaps the third option is better?  It would probably be the cheapest to build, as it relies on discharging into a small land drainage ditch to the south of Broad Lane.  The ditch runs through a small culvert under Broad Lane, roughly opposite the old school house.  A small culvert that I’m told is too small to cope with typical heavy rains.  And there’s no room to build a bigger culvert, without raising the road.

Next, this culvert feeds into a drainage ditch that runs between the school and the recently approved location for a car park. You might be forgiven for thinking that this could lead to flooding and other problems.  Problems that no reasonable person would expect the school to pay to address.

The consultants’ report clearly states that the drainage options haven’t been explored in any detail.  So we don’t know if any of them are feasible, let alone economically viable.  Because of this, the report recommends that the developers allow for the cost and arrangement of expensive pumped drainage.  There would be ongoing costs for this pumping, in perpetuity.  It would be interesting to know who would pick up those costs?


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