School run struggle caused by burst main
Man said he feared for toddlers as muddy water flooded road
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