Drain pain for Scone res­i­dents Wor­ries backed-up wa­ter could bring freez­ing woes

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Gardiner

A drainage dilemma has caused prob­lems for Scone res­i­dents for the best part of a month.

The PA has learned of storm drains on the vil­lage’s Vic­to­ria Road be­ing backed up and spilling onto the street for more than three weeks, spark­ing safety fears as fall­ing tem­per­a­tures in­crease the risk of the wa­ter freez­ing and be­com­ing slip­pery.

Lo­cal res­i­dent David Stock has chased the mat­ter up with both Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil and Scot­tish Wa­ter.

He said: “I con­tacted the au­thor­i­ties be­cause the lay­out of the road the drains and wa­ter es­cape con­cerns me.

“It looks as if the road could really be­come dan­ger­ous in a cold spell be­cause the flow of wa­ter would feed into the frozen area and rapidly build up more ice.

“The wa­ter comes right up next to the pave­ment, with next to no dif­fer­ence in level there from the road it­self.

“Peo­ple walk on this side of the road, and it only needs a fast car to come down the steep-ish hill and skid just when pedes­tri­ans are there.

“Re­cently wa­ter started puls­ing out of one street drain to­wards the top of the hill on Vic­to­ria Road.

“The wa­ter was com­ing up and out of one exit, run­ning down­hill and, af­ter spread­ing out some­what, drain­ing away down the next storm drain.

“Since the wa­ter pulses out at a mod­er­ate pace, it could pos­si­ble make al­most ideal con­di­tions for ice to build up.

“In this case, given that the hill is fairly steep, a car could slide on the ice and ca­reer into pedes­tri­ans.

“To me it is quite clear that there is both a burst pipe and also a block­age be­tween these two street drains.

“There is a dis­pute be­tween Scot­tish Wa­ter and Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil as to where the re­spon­si­bil­ity of fix­ing this lies.

“Both have sent men out, but noth­ing ac­tu­ally hap­pened by way of deal­ing with the flood.

“Now frosts have be­gun. I have phoned both Coun­cil and Scot­tish Wa­ter to log my com­plaint, in ad­di­tion to those of other peo­ple liv­ing on this street.

“I have pointed out to Scot­tish Wa­ter and the coun­cil that with win­ter com­ing, there is a chance of suf­fi­ciently cold weather lead­ing to ice form­ing and spread­ing.

“Scot­tish Wa­ter told me on Mon­day [Novem­ber 6] that they will have a two-man team out to make re­pairs soon.

“It is to­tally un­clear why they have waited so long.”

A Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil spokesman said: “The coun­cil has re­spon­si­bil­ity for deal­ing with road gul­lies which are in­stalled to col­lect sur­face wa­ter, for ex­am­ple, from rain run-off.

“These are cleaned an­nu­ally and ad­di­tional ac­tion will be taken as re­quired if a prob­lem should arise with any of them. We are aware that a road gully in Vic­to­ria Road is af­fected by wa­ter back­ing up in it and we in­tend to carry out an on site in­ves­ti­ga­tion next month with a view to re­solv­ing this is­sue.

“As in­di­cated above, we will take ac­tion to main­tain and re­pair our road gul­lies up to the mainline sewer con­nec­tion. The main­te­nance of the mainline sewer it­self is how­ever a mat­ter for Scot­tish Wa­ter.

“While we are not aware of any dis­pute in this re­gard, we ex­pect all pub­lic util­i­ties to re­store the sur­face of roads or foot­ways to an ap­pro­pri­ate stan­dard where their works have re­quired dig­ging up of the sur­face, in the in­ter­ests of pub­lic safety for driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans alike.”

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Scot­tish Wa­ter said: “A Scot­tish Wa­ter team at­tended the Vic­to­ria Road area on Oc­to­ber 24 af­ter re­ports of wa­ter ris­ing.

“It was ini­tially thought the wa­ter was due to a blocked gully and the coun­cil was in­formed.

“How­ever, af­ter fur­ther Vic­to­ria Road in Scone in­ves­ti­ga­tions by Scot­tish Wa­ter it was dis­cov­ered that there was a burst in a pipe lo­cally that was hav­ing no im­pact on sup­ply.

“A full re­pair to the pipe has been car­ried out and a full re­in­state­ment of the area will be car­ried out as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Con­cern

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