Announcements

Government Proposals for Further Flood Support Measures

The government has published details of a call for evidence that could see insurance premiums reduced for households in known flood areas. WODC encourages as many residents affected by flooding as possible to engage with this call for evidence.

Response to OCC Consultation on Burford Weight Limit

The experimental weight restriction in Burford came into force on 5 August 2020. OCC has issued a consultation document asking for any objections to be submitted before the closing date of 5 February 2021.

As a result of the Burford order, heavy goods vehicles that would have gone through the centre of Burford are having to find alternative routes. Many of them are using Dry Lane to get across the Windrush river.

If you have been affected by an increase in HGVs coming though Crawley, there is an opportunity to register your concern or complaint.

Please support the future of the village and send an email to christian.mauz@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Attachments

Update on 7.5t Weight Limit Proposals

Crawley Parish Council has been looking to implement a 7.5t weight limit throughout the village. All decisions around weight limits in the area have been paused pending the outcome of the OCC review of the wider area affected by the weight limit enforced at Burford bridge.

The four documents attached below provide details of the Parish Council’s efforts to date. The Parish Council has also submitted a response to OCC’s consultation on the Burford scheme.

Attachments

Thames Water Pumping Operations in Dry Lane

The Parish Council has been in contact with Thames Water to follow up on what is going on with their operation of the foul sewer system in the village. Tankers have been operating at the pumping station in Dry Lane for many weeks causing problems with noise, traffic congestion and damage to the verge.

Thames Water have advised us that the problem in Crawley is due to ground water entering the foul sewer network. The tankers are required because the pumping station cannot cope with the amount of flow – the foul system was not designed to take any surface or ground water so it cannot cope with the volume that is finding its way into the pumping station.

As a solution to the problem, Thames Water arranged for sections of the sewers to be lined. This would stop excess water getting into the sewers and the pumps in the pumping station would then be able to manage without the addition of tankers to take excess foul sewer material away.

The lining process involves inserting a sleeve inside the existing sewer. The sleeve is inserted with what is essentially a heavy duty balloon, the balloon is inflated and this causes the liner to form the shape of the sewer and stop the ingress of water. Once the resin in the sleeve has dried, the balloon is deflated and removed.

However, when TW attempted this work, they found that the pipes were cracking under the internal pressure from the balloon. Ground water has washed away material from around the outside of the pipes which allows the pipes to break.

TW have not had this issue before in any of the locations where they have carried out this type of work. They were forced to stop the lining to prevent a total failure as this would involve an almost impossible task of trying to control the ground water within the excavation and would have meant a long road closure just to fix the one issue.

TW now need to find a different approach to this issue and unfortunately they will need to carry on with the tankering until the levels within the sewer have subsided. We have asked them to limit the tanker operations to daytime as far as possible to minimise the noise and disturbance that is being caused to Crawley residents and they have given us an assurance that they will try to do this.

Patch Lining Map
Map showing Thames Water sewer patch lining attempt in December 2020

Proposal for a 7.5t Weight Limit in the Village

The proposed weight limits in Burford and Minster Lovell will close their river bridges to vehicles over 7.5 tonnes. There are very few alternative bridges over the River Windrush.

Although signed diversion routes will be provided via A-roads and B-roads, the Parish Council is concerned that HGV drivers will choose to divert via smaller roads, through communities like Crawley and Swinbrook. The solution that we are promoting is to introduce a 7.5 tonne weight limit throughout Crawley.