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‘Grass cuttings adding to flooding problems’ says resident in Hilda Road, Halfway

Joseph Mort, of Hilda Road, Halfway, who is concerned with blocked drains in the road
Joseph Mort, of Hilda Road, Halfway, who is concerned with blocked drains in the road

A fed up resident is calling for something to be done about the drains in his road – which lead to flooding every time there’s a downpour.

Joseph Mort, of Hilda Road, Halfway, says part of the problem is Swale council contractors who don’t clear up after themselves when they cut the grass verges.

He claims they use leaf blowers to move the cut-offs from the pavement, but the result is that much of it ends up down the drains, making an existing problem even worse.

The 54-year-old said: “I’m not saying that’s what’s blocking it up, but it’s not helping.

“That’s my main gripe because it’s just laziness.

“I understand it has to be done cheaply but they should send a road sweeper or something out after them.

“It’s adding to the problem because it has to go somewhere and a lot of it ends up in the drain.

“But there’s something major wrong with the drains and it needs sorting.”

The grandad-of-one, who has lived in the road for about 20 years, says it’s been a problem for a long time and although it’s worse for people at the other end, who occasionally end up with their houses flooded and have to put out sandbags, it’s starting to creep towards his end of the road, which is the Western Avenue side.

He hasn’t had his house flooded yet, but Mr Mort says now when it rains really hard the water can reach past Eastern Avenue and he’s concerned it’s going to get worse if the drains are not mended.

“I am on an incline but it’s starting to come up,” he added.

“It’s a pain and we want something done about it.”

A Swale council spokesman said: “We maintain over 2 million square foot of grass across Swale.

“A back up crew follows the mower to blow arisings off footpaths and try to ensure the cuttings are blown away from drains.

“Where needed, contract monitoring officers do request street sweepers attend following grass cutting to sweep the roads.”

Last week we reported how Kent Highways engineers who were sent out to try and fix blocked drains in Hilda Road left after being abused by resident but said the works have been rescheduled.

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