What's on in Saham Toney

The bench at the bus stop in Richmond Road has been removed due to rot making it dangerous. It will be replaced as soon as possible 

The Post Office will be open on Thursdays from 1 to 2 pm.

Only ONE person at a time in the PO and you must wear a MASK

NATIONAL CENSUS DAY IS SUNDAY 21st MARCH

FLOODING IN SAHAM TONEY

NOTES ON THE MEETING WITH ANGLIAN WATER, LLFA AND NCC HIGHWAYS

17 FEBRUARY 2021

On 17th February, senior engineers from AW, LLFA and NCC Highways met in Saham Toney to assess the flooding in the village. Present also were Nick Creek, Chair of STPC and Liz Whitcher, Chair of Watton and Saham Flood Action Group.

A team with a gully cleaning vehicle had visited the village on 16th and were still working here on 17th.  All gullies in the village have been cleaned.

After introductions, the flooding problems of the village were outlined. The inspection started at Mill Cross, walking towards Pages Lane. At various salient points, the problems were highlighted including the crash site at the bottom of Ploughboy Lane.

The hole in the pipe at the top of Pages Lane has been repaired and protected from vehicles. The leak in the pipe above Thatched Cottage has been solved so no water is flowing down the road at present. The ditch is flowing but is still blocked so in heavy rain, water will overflow the ditch. The Highways engineer is considering piping the whole length of the present ditch from Watton Road to Thatched Cottage since the road is “creeping” into the ditch due to traffic.

The ditches from Old Hall Close to Tall Trees are to be cleared, whether by landowners or Highways is not known at present, but LLFA have the powers to force landowners, if necessary.

The culvert at the bottom of Hills Road was discussed with the LLFA engineer. LLFA have drawn up a scheme to attenuate water at four points above the village. The culvert cannot be enlarged as the increased flow would flood houses further down Chequers Lane. The possibility of a pipe from the culvert under the road to the ditch was mentioned.

Water flowing down the Chequers Lane ditch passes under the road into the Lodge water system at Tall Trees.

At the bottom of Ploughboy Lane, the culverts were examined with the aid of the gully team. There are a number of pipes under the road, both Chequers and Ploughboy Lanes, four on one side of Ploughboy and at least two on the other (Lodge) side. The gully team could not clear all, nor could they clear the pipe across the front of the Watton Storage yard which runs from Tall Trees to the “crash site” chamber. It is believed this chamber should empty into the Ploughboy ditch.

In Ploughboy Lane, the LLFA engineer looked at the site of the road collapsing into the ditch. The Highways engineer had earlier mentioned that the delay in repairs was due to problems about closing the road.

The pipe that stretches from this point up the lane for some 30 metres was examined. The entrance to this pipe is not blocked and further investigation is needed. Ditches on the other side of the lane are to be cleared. There is a pipe under the road connecting the two ditches at the site of the roadway collapse.

AW are investigating water entering foul sewer pipes in Saham with a view to lining them, if necessary. If water can be stopped from flowing down the roads it shouldn’t enter the sewer covers, which are not water-tight, hence helping to prevent surcharging.

Visiting the allotments, the LLFA engineer said that the stream beside the Bird Sanctuary and around the allotments to Watton Brook should be cleared of fall branches, debris and saplings. This would allow water to flow faster and help prevent back flooding to properties in Cley Lane. It was noted that this work was planned but that the land was too wet to work on at present.

He said that there is merit in Trevor Bunce's suggestion that a channel be built cutting out two right-angle turns in the stream. This must be visited again with the various interested parties in the village.

All in all, the visit was well worthwhile. Senior managers and engineers now have a better understanding of the problems faced by the village.

Cllr Nick Creek

Chairman

Saham Toney Parish Council

WATER INVESTIGATIONS

Anglian Water contractors (RPS) are to carry out surface water investigations in Saham from 22 February to 29 March. The work will include an external survey where they will need access to any manholes and roof drainage pipes in the grounds of the property. To facilitate this, the surveyor may need to gain access to your land. The inspection should take an hour at the most

The contractors will carry ID Cards which you are requested to inspect. If you have any queries about the identity of the staff or are unsure, please refuse entry and contact The Anglia Water Bogus Caller Service on 0800 145 145 and quote the reference number on the AW Contractors ID Card who can authenticate the validity of the supplier

We need “eyes and ears” in the village to tell us of things we may miss, so if you see anything you think we should know please contact us on the numbers below

If your home and/or attached garage were flooded please let us know. We need this information to re-enforce our case for action.

There are still problems with the foul sewer pipes, especially in Chequers Lane. Anglian Water is aware, these problems have been reported and are being actioned

If you have any information, ideas or questions please contact me on 01953 883075, 07941604240 or creek.nick@gmail.com, or Jill Glenn, the Parish Clerk, on 01760441738 or jillglenn6@gmail.com.