School run strug­gle caused by burst main

Man said he feared for tod­dlers as muddy wa­ter flooded road

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

PAR­ENTS with young chil­dren were left strug­gling to get to school af­ter a burst wa­ter main flooded a road.

The pipe burst in Den­ham Lane close to Robertswood School on the morn­ing of Fri­day Novem­ber 11.

Neigh­bour Mark Allan said he feared a nurs­ery school child ‘could have drowned’ on their way to Robertswood School.

He said a tod­dler fell over in the wa­ter as their guardian strug­gled to ne­go­ti­ate a pram around the wa­ter.

He added: “Be­cause it’s next to the school, I just worry for the safety.”

Mr Allan said he woke up on Novem­ber 11 to find the roads in ‘chaos’ as cars strug­gled to get through, and said the wa­ter main must have burst overnight.

He added: “It’s a big prob­lem. Ev­ery­body get­ting to the school this morn­ing has had to go through the traf­fic.

“There’s a river run­ning down the road.”

Neigh­bour Ni­cola Obertelli said: “We do have an on­go­ing prob­lem here.

“We’re at the low­est point in the road so the wa­ter col­lects here.

“They have tried to solve the prob­lem but it’s not been suc­cess­ful.

“They don’t seem to be able to get to the bot­tom off it. It’s a prob­lem be­cause of the school.”

She added: “It does worry me when they talk about all these new houses up here – this is just go­ing to add to the prob­lem.

“It’s not very nice to have all the muddy wa­ter wash back over your verges.

“I think it’s danger­ous. It wor­ries me be­cause at night some­one will drive along here, hit a large bit of wa­ter and have an ac­ci­dent.

“I just can’t un­der­stand why they can’t work out what causes it.”

An Affin­ity Wa­ter spokesper­son said: “We are sorry for any in­con­ve­nience caused by a burst wa­ter main in Join­ers Lane, Chal­font St Peter.

“Our tech­ni­cians are work­ing on site to re­pair the main as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“Traf­fic man­age­ment has been put in place to en­sure the safety of com­muters and our tech­ni­cians.

“We would like to thank our cus­tomers for their pa­tience while we carry out this work.”

“Wa­ter main bursts are a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence wher­ever wa­ter is sup­plied, through­out the world.

“There are many dif­fer­ent fac­tors which can cause these to hap­pen, such as ground move­ment caused by sea­sonal tem­per­a­ture changes, ex­treme cold weather, high pres­sures through pipes, traf­fic vibrations, un­avoid­able weak points and where pipe work is con­nected to joints and valves.”

The Ad­ver­tiser has con­tacted Bucks County Coun­cil for a com­ment.

BCC has con­firmed that Join­ers Lane had to be closed tem­po­rar­ily due to the on­go­ing wa­ter leak.

The burst pipe was out­side Robertswood School

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