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JOB DONE. NO MORE FLOODING OF BY-PASS?

In addition to the culverts and soakaways, bunds have been constructed on the edges of the field alongside the by-pass to the south.

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PROGRESS ON BY-PASS ANTI-FLOOD WORK (as at December 14th 2016)

Banks have been reduced and trenches dug to receive culverts and then back filled with aggregate.
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WORK COMMENCES ON FLOOD ALLEVIATION

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The Dorset County Council have erected roadsigns advising motorists using the West Stafford by-pass that work is to commence on Monday October 17th 2016 and will continue for 16 weeks.

A two-way traffic lights system will control the traffic flow during the period of the works which may well mean that a proportion of local traffic will choose to divert through the village. An accepted disruption if it brings to an end the flooding and resulting heavy traffic through the village that has been experienced in recent years.

FLOODING OF THE WEST STAFFORD BY-PASS SHOULD BECOME HISTORY

Recent winters have seen constant closures of the village by-pass and the subsequent diversion of traffic through the village, which at peak commuting times has led to problems with traffic negotiating the corner by the chuch in particular and the village as a whole.

Could scenes such as these become a thing of the past?
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This year the problem has become more severe with the Dorset Count Council even positioning electronic signs to warn road users that the by-pass was closed having laboured for years with the unreliable temporary signs.

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The disatisfaction of village residents became evident at a recent meeting of the Knightsford Parish Council.

However, good news has come from local County Councillor Andy Canning, who alongwith parish and district councillors, has constantly lobbied and pressurised the Dorset County Council into honouring their obligation to protect the highway.

The local authority have now pledged to establish a team during the spring months of 2016 to work-up a cost effective solution for implementation prior to the 2016-2017 winter.

The council has also advised that it will work with Natural England and the Environment Agency to liaise with local landowners regarding how they can assist in reducing the flooding problem on the twenty year old road which has brought about considerable inconvenience in recent years.

 

The Dorset Echo breaks the story of the resolution to the flooding problems

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