SUSPECT SEWER COULD HAVE CAUSED LAST MONTH’S PENARTH ROAD FLOODS

 driver' eye view of the flooding on Penarth road at the bottom of Llandough Hill on November 21st 2016 . This was the moment when many drivers started turning back (Photo Kevin O'Sullivan)

A driver’s-eye-view of the flooding on Penarth road at the bottom of Llandough Hill on November 21st 2016 . This was the moment when many drivers started turning back (Photo Kevin O’Sullivan)

Plaid Cymru claims that a lack of maintenance by the Vale of Glamorgan Council could have contributed to last month’s serious flooding which blocked Penarth Road – at the bottom of Llandough Hill.

The flooding –  up to 2 feet deep in places – caused road chaos, obstructing the arterial route and delaying hundreds of commuters.

The flooding which blocked Penarth Road could have been caused by lack of maintenance by the Vale Council - says Plaid Cymru

The flooding which blocked Penarth Road could have been caused by lack of maintenance by the Vale Council – says Plaid Cymru

Vale Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys)

Vale Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys)

Vale Councillor Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys) says it’s now been discovered that a lack of maintenance and a faulty silted-up culvert may have contributed to the problems .

David Rhys Wilton of Plaid Cymru Penarth

David Rhys Wilton of Plaid Cymru Penarth

Speaking on behalf of Plaid Cymru well-known Penarth campaigner David Rhys Wilton says “We all recognised that the heavy persistent rain was a challenge but we fear that not enough is being done to reduce the flood risk in the future.

Mr Wilton says “The Vale Council admits that they know that there is a suspect culvert along Penarth Road in the vicinity of Llandough Hill. We acknowledge that basic de-silting work is being undertaken –  but this really should be normal maintenance.”

Plaid Cymru say the condition –  and the capacity –  of the pipe work is “unknown” but that there appears to be “some problem with privately owned culverts“.

The party says the Vale Council has discovered “significant silting up of the pipes which might cover up further defects”. As a result the Penarth Branch of Penarth Cymru is demanding that the matter be given priority. Plaid says ” It is not tolerable for such an important route to be susceptible to this type of hazard.”

Chair of Dinas Powys Plaid Cymru Richard Grigg says “The traffic queues stretched for miles partly due to the Penarth Road flooding. Apparently the money allocated is around £20,000 but this might not be adequate if further problems emerge. This is a major route into south Cardiff and must be more resilient in time of bad weather. Plaid is pressing the Vale to ensure that everything is done to speed up any action required.”

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8 Responses to SUSPECT SEWER COULD HAVE CAUSED LAST MONTH’S PENARTH ROAD FLOODS

  1. Lindsay says:

    It rains, it floods, it’s the Vale’s fault. Simple really.

  2. penarthblog says:

    The romantic in me still believes there is a secret spring.

  3. whatsoccurin says:

    I lived near Barons Court in the 1980’s and the floods were a frequent occurrence then. I recall once water getting into my car, which dried out quite easily but the smell never went. The worrying thing is that the same thing happens on Lavernock Road near Cosmeston where lots of Housing Development is planned.

  4. Peter Church says:

    Drain the Swamp!
    I suspect some of the sewage problems emanate from spending decisions that our very own Councillors have made; namely Transport and Infrastructure supremo; Lis Burnett has made, “Unique and Special” lookout on Penarth Head, rather than on day to day maintenance.
    Drain the Swamp and the waters might go down.

  5. Bobofllandough says:

    A secret spring may not be far wrong. The brook in llandough has mysteriously dried up since they filled in the quarry (for houses) maybe it is coming out at penarth road and now adding to the problem.

  6. snoggerdog says:

    lf the waters like peckham spring maybe the vale could bottle it,they seem to like bottling things!

  7. Frank Evans says:

    I wish labour councillors would spend money on infrastructure rather than on vanity projects.
    Remind you of anyone Burnett?

  8. Dave says:

    It comes down of the hill through the woods on the left hands side on the way down. At the bottom of the trees running parallel to the path is a ditch that is the culvert and this get blocked. It turns the path into a river and then dumps out onto the road. To fix it properly would cost a bit as a proper culvert with concrete channels would need to be built by the side of the path in the private woods. A lot of water is coming down from somewhere in llandough just a side of effect of a bit of climate change, water management will become an issue in years to come with a bit more planet warming.

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