Flooding closes Hanley Road in Upton again

Malvern Gazette: Flooding closes riverside road again Flooding closes riverside road again

THE B4211 Hanley Road, which gives direct access into Upton upon Severn, has been closed again after water levels rose over night.

The town's New Street also remains closed due to flooding as flood barriers stay in place.

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9:13am Thu 6 Feb 14

SMC73 says...

Perhaps if WCC and MHDC got their acts together, this issue could be resolved once and for all.

Yes, it will cost money, but this can and will be offset against a variety of other factors.

For a start, how about charging full and proper Community Infrastructure Levy payments against all those nice developers applying for planning permisson in the area.

In one specific case, the developer (at Milestone Farm) has been let off nearly £250k to ensure the project remains financially viable for them!

If we have to tolerate all these new homes, how about the residents getting something in return...surely not too much to ask?
Perhaps if WCC and MHDC got their acts together, this issue could be resolved once and for all. Yes, it will cost money, but this can and will be offset against a variety of other factors. For a start, how about charging full and proper Community Infrastructure Levy payments against all those nice developers applying for planning permisson in the area. In one specific case, the developer (at Milestone Farm) has been let off nearly £250k to ensure the project remains financially viable for them! If we have to tolerate all these new homes, how about the residents getting something in return...surely not too much to ask? SMC73
  • Score: 13

9:20am Thu 6 Feb 14

thebleedingobvious says...

I agree whole-heartedly with the previous comment.

Whilst I also accept WCC and MHDC are wrestling with some big numbers at the moment, this particualr problem could and should have been resolved by now.

With regret, neither body seems capable of anything these days...except for making a pig's ear of it!
I agree whole-heartedly with the previous comment. Whilst I also accept WCC and MHDC are wrestling with some big numbers at the moment, this particualr problem could and should have been resolved by now. With regret, neither body seems capable of anything these days...except for making a pig's ear of it! thebleedingobvious
  • Score: 13

9:29am Thu 6 Feb 14

MarkCh says...

A major route to access the only crossing point of a major river for 15-20 miles. In this day and age why do we still see it closed on a regular basis. Come on the powers that be let's get it sorted!!
A major route to access the only crossing point of a major river for 15-20 miles. In this day and age why do we still see it closed on a regular basis. Come on the powers that be let's get it sorted!! MarkCh
  • Score: 12

10:01am Thu 6 Feb 14

js says...

I agree with all the above comments.

Since Christmas, Hanley Road has been closed:
25th Dec - 27th Dec - 3 days
3rd Jan - 13th Jan - 10 days
31st Jan - 5th Feb - 6 days
6th Feb - ?

Hundreds (thousands?) of motorists use this route every day, most of them twice - to and from work or school. How much extra time & money is spent having to go the long way round to destinations usually reached via Hanley Road, for the sake of about 100 yards of road needing protection?

If WCC can propose spending £8m on making a roundabout bigger at the Ketch, surely they can spend a fraction of that on protecting Hanley Road?
I agree with all the above comments. Since Christmas, Hanley Road has been closed: 25th Dec - 27th Dec - 3 days 3rd Jan - 13th Jan - 10 days 31st Jan - 5th Feb - 6 days 6th Feb - ? Hundreds (thousands?) of motorists use this route every day, most of them twice - to and from work or school. How much extra time & money is spent having to go the long way round to destinations usually reached via Hanley Road, for the sake of about 100 yards of road needing protection? If WCC can propose spending £8m on making a roundabout bigger at the Ketch, surely they can spend a fraction of that on protecting Hanley Road? js
  • Score: 9

10:37am Thu 6 Feb 14

uptonX says...

The council highways are beyond incompetent over this issue. Although they are responsible for the decision to open and close the road they like to keep the decision secret.
The council website is always at least half a day out of day. The emails they are supposed to send out to inform "stakeholders" are unreliable and erratic.
Yesterday the road re-opened at 2pm and that information was available on the excellent upton uk net website and also sent out on the Upton roads email service on the same website. This excellent service is provided for free for the town by an unfunded individual in the town.
However yesterday all the school buses still followed the diversion route wasting huge quantities of fuel and causing many hours of delay and congestion. I spoke to First Bus at 4pm yesterday and was told that they only change their route when advised by the council and the latest information from the council was the road was still shut. I then spoke to the council (via the Worcestershire hub) who said the road was still shut despite having been opened by them more than 2 hours earlier and although I assured them I had driven along it myself that afternoon they refused to believe me.
The level of incompetence over the Hanley Road issue is truly shocking and causing real damage not just to the town but a much wider area.
The council highways are beyond incompetent over this issue. Although they are responsible for the decision to open and close the road they like to keep the decision secret. The council website is always at least half a day out of day. The emails they are supposed to send out to inform "stakeholders" are unreliable and erratic. Yesterday the road re-opened at 2pm and that information was available on the excellent upton uk net website and also sent out on the Upton roads email service on the same website. This excellent service is provided for free for the town by an unfunded individual in the town. However yesterday all the school buses still followed the diversion route wasting huge quantities of fuel and causing many hours of delay and congestion. I spoke to First Bus at 4pm yesterday and was told that they only change their route when advised by the council and the latest information from the council was the road was still shut. I then spoke to the council (via the Worcestershire hub) who said the road was still shut despite having been opened by them more than 2 hours earlier and although I assured them I had driven along it myself that afternoon they refused to believe me. The level of incompetence over the Hanley Road issue is truly shocking and causing real damage not just to the town but a much wider area. uptonX
  • Score: 11

1:19pm Thu 6 Feb 14

WhyBother says...

Annoyingly the signs were removed last night from Guarlford rd and access was allowed right up to the turning for clives this morning, causing motorists to turn around and have to follow the welland rounds round.

I agree with all the previous posts, this is such a major road.
Annoyingly the signs were removed last night from Guarlford rd and access was allowed right up to the turning for clives this morning, causing motorists to turn around and have to follow the welland rounds round. I agree with all the previous posts, this is such a major road. WhyBother
  • Score: 7

4:11pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Nortynorse says...

It's no point contacting Harriet Baldwin, she's about as much use as a chocolate teapot, I received a letter from her the other week and all she spouts is "this government has spent more on flood defences".

Really?? so why can't you do someting about this issue Ms Baldwin????
It's no point contacting Harriet Baldwin, she's about as much use as a chocolate teapot, I received a letter from her the other week and all she spouts is "this government has spent more on flood defences". Really?? so why can't you do someting about this issue Ms Baldwin???? Nortynorse
  • Score: 7

2:10am Fri 7 Feb 14

chrism says...

@uptonX - you appear to have added the extraneous words "over this issue" to your first sentence.
@uptonX - you appear to have added the extraneous words "over this issue" to your first sentence. chrism
  • Score: 0

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