The following is an open email sent by Colin Hall, Chairman of Whittington Parish Council, to Stewart Scothern, City Councilor representing Whittington on Lancaster City Council:

Good afternoon Stewart

I’m having to get you involved as City Councillor because despite our best efforts action to tackle a serious problem here in Whittington is not forthcoming.

You may recall that on entering the village from the south a sharp left hand bend is encountered, is flooded on a regular basis and more worryingly causes traffic to travel on “the wrong side of the road”. This of course leads to regular near misses in wet weather and will eventually result in a serious road traffic accident. A frustrated Parish Council regularly report this issue to the appropriate agencies to no avail especially as the obstacle could easily be rectified. Some years ago a new culvert was installed to tackle the flooding but unfortunately a continued lack of maintenance and cleaning leads to the surface water returning!

In the last 3 months there have been 3 road traffic accidents on this corner all attended by Traffic Police. Anecdotal evidence suggests that near misses occur on a regular basis especially in inclement weather. It seems to the PC that the least Highways could do is clean the culvert (and dispose of the debris) as a matter of urgency before serious injury occurs.

I have this morning attended a meeting with Community Emergency Coordinator and flooding in this area was by coincidence on the Agenda and now also falls into the Whittington Emergency Committee remit so I will also copy this correspondence for their information .

Can you you use your influence to get anything done?

Best regards

Colin Hall

9 thoughts on “Flooding”

  1. From: Stewart Scothern
    Date: 3 December 2019 at 18:00:22 GMT
    To: Marjorie Hall
    Subject: Re: Flooding, Whittington

    I will do my best I will make a few phone calls
    I have passed on all the information to the Head of Highways at County leve.l Please keep me informed as to what happens.


  2. Stewart Scothern, City Councillor, has just been in touch to say he has had a positive response to our concerns and that Highways have requested details of the precise location of the offending gully. I have of course furnished him with that info and will keep you posted

    Colin Hall

  3. Afternoon John

    As of 13:00 no action had been taken by the Highays Authority either to resolve the issue or to put up signs indicating that there was a risk from flooding. I know that County Council’s are noted for their tardiness and I am sure that their insurers will be understanding in the event of a damage only accident, should an accident result in personal injury I hope that someone at County level will be prepared to hold their hands up!


  4. Checked this morning 10:00, although the gully grid has been cleared the outfall pipe is obviously blocked with water over the white centre line.
    Any suggestions welcome!

  5. Email from Colin Hall to Stewart Scothern:

    Morning Stewart, regrettably the work on the drain has been unsuccessful and the road continues to be hazardous. Clearly the culvert is blocked and unable to cope with the volume of water coming off the land
    A ‘FLOOD’ sign has been strategically placed, I assume by Highways, giving warning to drivers approaching from Arkholme and I wonder if this signifies further measures are soon to be taken
    Do you mind forwarding this email to your contacts in order that action can be programmed sooner rather than later
    Colin Hall
    PS. I gave copied in members of the Whittington Traffic Action Group who are presently conducting an in depth analysis of traffic movement through the village, I hope you don’t mind
    Sent from my iPad

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