Having used drainage rods to clear the overflow outlet pipe which should run into the Stanner, we encountered a total collapse after approximately 30 yards, under the tarmac opposite the cheese shop garden. This will clearly require the road digging up and new drainage to replace the current pipe.
Currently at the point of collapse water is finding its way to the surface and bubbling up through small holes in the road tarmac. It then runs down to the existing drain at the corner of Stonewell Lane and is disposed through the normal storm drainage system.
As a result of clearing the silt within the pipe, water flow through the tarmac increased slightly and overnight the pond level has dropped to the level of the overflow – exactly as it should.
Clearly however this is not an ideal situation and we have now contacted DCC who are responsible for both Flood Issues and Road repairs. Hopefully they will respond.