Message from Kent County Council Highways Transportation & Waste:-

Every year we deliver a programme of scheduled gully (roadside drain) cleansing. Following requests from Members and Parish Councils, attached is a copy of the 2015/16 programme. Click HERE to view spreadsheet details for Wingham parish.

How often is gully cleansing carried out?  We carry out gully cleansing on main roads every 12 months. We also carry out cleansing at around 250 sites where we know that the drains are particularly prone to becoming blocked and result in flooding. The drains at these locations are cleaned once every 6 months. This is the most cost effective way to work on these roads and enables us to minimise the disruption caused to local residents.

All other drainage assets, including soakaways, highway ditches, highway ponds, culverts and grips, are maintained on a targeted basis. This means that cleansing is arranged in response to enquiries and reports of flooding. Cleansing is prioritised at sites where there is a risk to road safety or homes.

If you have blocked drains that are posing a risk to safety or affecting homes and we are not due to attend to them please report them. The best way to do this is with the online fault reporting tool which also allows you to track you enquiry:

What will the operatives do when they attend each site?  First an operative inspects the drains and notes any damaged or missing covers. If a cover is missing, it is reported to the team in the depot so that a temporary cover can be put in place to make the drain safe. Next any silt and debris is removed from the drain with a large vacuum pump. Finally the crew flood test the drain by filling it with water and checking that it is able to flow away.

On completion of each job, the operatives record the number of drains that they have cleaned and any defects that they have found are recorded.

We have a short film on our website explaining in more detail how we maintain our roadside drains:

What information is included in the programme?  The programme details the roads will be attended, the frequency of cleansing and the number of drains of each road. We have a lot of information about the highway drainage network and this information is being continually updated.

It is not possible to provide accurate dates for cleansing more than 2 to 4 weeks in advance. This is because the we have to programme our works around events such as severe weather incidents, emergency works which limit access to the network and the need to revisit roads where residents have ignored parking restrictions. Instead, to keep Members and Parish Councils informed, we will be contacting you directly when we are due to carry out cleansing in your patch.

I hope that this information is useful however if you have any questions about the programme please do not hesitate to contact us on 03000 41 81 81 or log an enquiry on our website: