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Blocked drains, raised road level following resurfacing and road markings not re-installed.

Reported anonymously at 12:30, Tue 28 May 2019

Sent to Chiltern District Council 5 minutes later

Att. Joe Saunders - response as requested.

Traffic and drainage problems have been ongoing for a long time in Germain Street - 9 years in my personal experience but no effective solution has ever been proposed or adopted. The newly resurfaced road has exacerbated things. The road between Wey Lane and King Street at the narrowest point by our house - 58 Germain Street - is particularly badly affected. Three drains close to King Street are totally blocked - one with what looks like a significant amount of tarmac. The road surface has been raised so that the gutters are much shallower, drainage channels are blocked and significant rain will now certainly cause flooding onto the footpath and probably into our house. Puddling occurs with only moderate rain and we have water being thrown up by passing vehicles 5-6ft onto our lower floor windows. In heavier rain vehicles passing at 30mph+ have thrown water up to our upper floor windows. There is damage to the brickwork and rot in window frames which are regularly sprayed with water and never dry out. We spent £12,000+ on new windows a few years ago and now face replacing them again. We are limited in what we can do to protect our home as it is a Grade 2 Listed Building. The footpath is a ‘no go’ area for pedestrians in even moderate rain. The volume of traffic and size of vehicles is increasing to aggravate things even more. The stop lines at the priority ‘pinch point’ close to the Germain St and King Street junction have not been replaced after the resurfacing causing a number of dangerous situations. Attached photograph shows very worn stop lines and they can also be viewed on Google Earth. Other photographs show water flowing onto the footpath - before the road surface was raised! - and an example of water being thrown onto our wall. Traffic and drainage problems have never been properly or effectively addressed and the safety aspect regarding mothers and children going to and from school continues to be of great concern.

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  • A few pictures showing problem of flooding in Germain Street after only moderate rain.

    Posted anonymously at 14:34, Tue 25 June 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Spoken to council Local Area Technician, Head of Highways and County Councillors - no answers re flooding/drainage. Told that road level has not been raised - when it obviously has - and traffic and pedestrian safety issues will only be addressed when there is a fatality!

    Posted anonymously at 17:56, Tue 23 July 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 08:55, Wed 21 August 2019

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