Highway not waterway
We need to see action to cut the risks from flooding on London Road. The heavy rain on 15 June saw this busy road turned into a river.
Andy Platt, the Labour councillor for Boothen and Oak Hill, has called for a full review of the drainage system and surface water storage in the area. We know that this was an extreme storm but every time we get heavy rainfall there is a risk of flooding.
The area from James Street to the Villas faces the worst problems. All of the water flowing down from Penkhull ends up in London Road. This problem is even worse when the grids and drains get blocked and the storm water has no where to go.
Andy has called on Stoke-on-Trent Council to clear the drains regularly. He said, “Like with most councils, the city council doesn’t clear the gullies on a regular basis any more, they only respond to requests, and I frequently ask them to do it”.
The whole issue needs to be reviewed properly. Andy has called on the council to find a long-term solution that deals with the water-drainage system on this section of London Road.