- 3 Mar 2021
Date received: 24 Jan 2021
Date responded: 29 Jan 2021
Details in the last 12 months of any reports of defects to manhole in the vicinity of the ML12 6AY where water is overflowing on to the A702 Edinburgh Road and any works carried out.
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Please see Annex A to this response for the defect and inspection records for the specified location for the period 24/01/2020-24/02/2021.
Highways inspectors raised a report for the manhole repair on 24 November 2020. On 7 December the pipe was cleared of washed down stone/debris and the area observed as being free of flooding throughout the remainder of December and early January.
Inspectors further observed the area flooding on the 22 January 2021 and raised a further order for its repair which was carried out on the 25 January. Prior to this second repair our incident response team also attended to rod the pipe.
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