Every highway gully in the county is cleared annually, Northamptonshire Highways run a Northamptonshire Gully Schedule clear the 109, 634 gullies in the county. Gullies collect water which is then discharged into drains, ditches, watercourses or sewers.
Most of these are overseen and/or maintained by landowners, water companies, district councils and the Environment Agency.
Four teams are circling the county carrying out this essential gully cleaning work .
If you would like to report a blocked gully, you can contact our emergency gully clearance service through Street Doctor on 0300 126 1000 or Report a problem.
On behalf of Northamptonshire County Council, KierWSP is charged with emptying approximately 106,335 gullies throughout Northamptonshire. Three teams, of a gully vehicle and two operatives, carry out the service with a programme to empty around 110 gullies each, per day.
The monitoring of this work is achieved as all gullies visited are now plotted against coordinates utilising our hand held Tremble devices with GPS satellite attached. Ones visited prior to the Tremble devices are recorded on paper. The information gathered is transferred to a mapping layer which ensures we know exactly where our gullies are and are able to plan their maintenance in a more effective and efficient way in subsequent years. It is anticipated that by the end of year 2 gulley cycle, a complete inventory will be available with full grid references of every gully position.
The main element of the cleansing service is a planned programme under which all gullies are cleaned out once per year. In addition to this there is a responsive service whereby blocked gullies identified through the regular highway inspection process or reported by our other customers i.e. Councillors, public, etc are cleared outside the planned sequence. Such referrals require ad-hoc attendance across the County
The database of information collected has allowed the defects to be split by area and category and ensured that the defects can be tackled on an area basis. This approach will allow us to produce outline budgets for defect rectification purposes.
Together, with colleagues in the four areas and Cyclical Maintenance, we are collecting information from referrals of damaged gullies and feedback on the status of repairs for re-inclusion in the programme. This approach will, again, ensure that resources are efficiently utilised and costs managed closely.
Obtaining year on year records allows cyclical maintenance programmes to be developed to give best value to the Northamptonshire community. “Hotspots” can be identified for further investigation and action.
Through effective monitoring of the service the gully service is improved with a comprehensive inventory allowing speedier and more methodical rectification of problems
Providing an efficient, effective, and economical service, both in terms of gully maintenance and cleansing is of primary concern to KierWSP. Detailed programming and stronger working relationships and communication avenues provide Northamptonshire residents with an unparalleled level of service.