County family help sort out road problems

Hereford Times: Max and Charlotte of Gwilliam-Gardiner dig up some ditches in Abbey Dore, Max and Charlotte of Gwilliam-Gardiner dig up some ditches in Abbey Dore,

A FAMILY has taken it upon itself to help repair the county's damaged roads by getting to the heart of the matter.

Michael Gardiner, his partner Jackie Gwilliam and their children Max and Charlotte, have got the shovels out to dig out ditches and clean blocked drains near their Abbey Dore home.

This, he says, will prevent potholes from appearing in the first place.

“Our highways and byways have been badly maintained for decades now,” said Michael,

"It breaks my heart to see the council spend thousands of pounds of tax payers money filling potholes which just return because the road drainage is not seen to first.

"My idea is to get the old drainage systems working properly again by digging out the ditches and cleaning the blocked drains.

"The water can then be channelled away from the road preventing the pot holes from occurring in the first place."

Michael is asking for other volunteers to get on board his "adopt a culvert" initiative.

For more information, email adoptaculvert@gmail.com

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2:52pm Wed 26 Feb 14

mizza21 says...

Blimey. It has come to this..
Doing the councils job for them.
Well done to these folks for taking matters into their own hands. This is the kind of can-do spirit that won the war.

The outcome of the War would have been quite different I suspect if HCC had been running the war effort.
Blimey. It has come to this.. Doing the councils job for them. Well done to these folks for taking matters into their own hands. This is the kind of can-do spirit that won the war. The outcome of the War would have been quite different I suspect if HCC had been running the war effort. mizza21
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2:59pm Wed 26 Feb 14

dippyhippy says...

Absolutely!
Whilst I applaud the efforts of these good folk, we ARE actually paying for this to be done! (Although I totally appreciate that it's not!)
At this rate, we will be mowing the Castle Green, ferrying all refuse to the tip, and teaching our kids at home!!
Absolutely! Whilst I applaud the efforts of these good folk, we ARE actually paying for this to be done! (Although I totally appreciate that it's not!) At this rate, we will be mowing the Castle Green, ferrying all refuse to the tip, and teaching our kids at home!! dippyhippy
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3:09pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) says...

No doubt the health and safety people at HCC will put a stop to this.
No doubt the health and safety people at HCC will put a stop to this. Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)
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3:59pm Wed 26 Feb 14

dippyhippy says...

Sincerely hope not - they look as if they are doing a better job than the ones paid to repair the roads!
Sincerely hope not - they look as if they are doing a better job than the ones paid to repair the roads! dippyhippy
  • Score: 4

4:51pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ItsNotaMarathonItsaSprint says...

Great to see such a public spirited family. If they realise that maintaining drainage lowers the incidence of potholes, then how come that the idiots who get paid to fix the roads don't?
Great to see such a public spirited family. If they realise that maintaining drainage lowers the incidence of potholes, then how come that the idiots who get paid to fix the roads don't? ItsNotaMarathonItsaSprint
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6:48pm Wed 26 Feb 14

FallGuyGibson says...

Great stuff. It's such a shame the council can't do the job they're paid to do.
Great stuff. It's such a shame the council can't do the job they're paid to do. FallGuyGibson
  • Score: 3

6:52pm Wed 26 Feb 14

WYSIATI says...

I've been doing a bit of ditch maintenance myself these last several years - only a hundred yards or so of the lane. Those living in the back of beyond are best placed to notice the problems and to deal with the obvious ones (I don't have the necessary jetting kit to clean the pipes - yet).

Round here the tractors push the mud into the gullies more than anything else (they get bigger every year and the roads don't really fit them). The bin men do their best too most weeks.

If I dig the gullies out properly the they take most of the flow most of the year - but with the rain we've had recently they can't cope and the road floods - gravel, mud, sticks - all of which then block up the pipes and the fences the overflow goes through. Need to clear that off the fences at the least or the fences go next flood.

Now I could get a team to do this when it needed doing - say 4 times so far this year - guessing the total cost would be £250 a time. A years worth of that would knock a bit of a hole in my council tax and I reckon I'd rather see that spent on child protection and adult social care.

When I was a kid I used to tell my dad he shouldn't have to pick up the rubbish along the lane - surely someone else's job. These days I pick it up (though I'd still prefer it if it wasn't dumped there).

A lot of the 'big society' stuff is a thinly disguised excuse to privatise services, on the other hand in a very rural area it's simply not feasible for the council to do every little thing that needs doing.
I've been doing a bit of ditch maintenance myself these last several years - only a hundred yards or so of the lane. Those living in the back of beyond are best placed to notice the problems and to deal with the obvious ones (I don't have the necessary jetting kit to clean the pipes - yet). Round here the tractors push the mud into the gullies more than anything else (they get bigger every year and the roads don't really fit them). The bin men do their best too most weeks. If I dig the gullies out properly the they take most of the flow most of the year - but with the rain we've had recently they can't cope and the road floods - gravel, mud, sticks - all of which then block up the pipes and the fences the overflow goes through. Need to clear that off the fences at the least or the fences go next flood. Now I could get a team to do this when it needed doing - say 4 times so far this year - guessing the total cost would be £250 a time. A years worth of that would knock a bit of a hole in my council tax and I reckon I'd rather see that spent on child protection and adult social care. When I was a kid I used to tell my dad he shouldn't have to pick up the rubbish along the lane - surely someone else's job. These days I pick it up (though I'd still prefer it if it wasn't dumped there). A lot of the 'big society' stuff is a thinly disguised excuse to privatise services, on the other hand in a very rural area it's simply not feasible for the council to do every little thing that needs doing. WYSIATI
  • Score: 8

12:13pm Thu 27 Feb 14

mizza21 says...

Great comment WYSIATI

Made me think about my own attitude.
Great comment WYSIATI Made me think about my own attitude. mizza21
  • Score: 4

7:58am Fri 28 Feb 14

probono says...

Great public spirited people. Luckily Health and Safety and Balfour B haven't tried to stop them. Of course BB have already been contracted, and therefore the money is pledged to them, to do this work. Will they give these good citizens a rebate ? As volunteers do more and more of work that is stipulated in BB's contract will they then do more of the things the public cannot do, or do a better job of the potholes I wonder ?
The late unlamented Amey Wye Valley once said that if I and some others did a job on our park, they would reserve the right to also charge HC for that work as 'it was their job, not ours to do it'.
Great public spirited people. Luckily Health and Safety and Balfour B haven't tried to stop them. Of course BB have already been contracted, and therefore the money is pledged to them, to do this work. Will they give these good citizens a rebate ? As volunteers do more and more of work that is stipulated in BB's contract will they then do more of the things the public cannot do, or do a better job of the potholes I wonder ? The late unlamented Amey Wye Valley once said that if I and some others did a job on our park, they would reserve the right to also charge HC for that work as 'it was their job, not ours to do it'. probono
  • Score: 4

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