At the last election, the local Conservatives said that we would deliver significant investment in order to unblock every drain and gully in Buckinghamshire. Six months on, and we are now 50% of the way there.
The drainage improvement works are designed to help prevent flooding on our roads and to keep drains and gullies across Buckinghamshire running freely. Conservative-led Buckinghamshire Council set aside an extra £4 million to fund the works, as part of a wider improvement programme for residents.
Buckinghamshire Council is aiming to clean every single one of the county's almost 85,000 gullies at least once. Critical gullies, that need cleaning more often to prevent flooding on the roads, will be cleaned more regularly. Maximising the amount of water that can drain off road surfaces will also help to maintain the condition of the roads themselves.
As part of the improvement scheme, Buckinghamshire Council will also be carrying out repairs to drainage systems where there is a known local issue, or where a problem comes to light during the cleaning programme. The teams will also be carrying out comprehensive ditch clearance as part of these works and writing to landowners to remind them of their responsibilities to keep their ditches clear to prevent surface water from their land reaching our roads.