Gulley Cleansing Is An Annual Task in Wednesfield

Recently I have had a constituent enquiring about how often the highway gulley’s are checked and what was the process that was undertaken here in Wednesfield North. Mr Steve Woodward Head of Environmental Services at the City of Wolverhampton Council explains.

“Our contractor who undertakes gully checks & cleanses, will check the amount of silt in each gully on arrival. A rod is used to determine if silt is present in the bottom of the gully pot. If silt is present, it will be shown on the rod and the gully cover will be lifted and the pot cleansed of the silt. If no silt is present, the gully will be flushed with clean water only. The rod is a simple but practicable method of determining if silt is present.

Currently, gully cleansing is undertaken annually and this cyclic maintenance regime is ensuring that most gullies do not silt up significantly making sure they are running free.”

I am pleased to hear the response, as we turn from Summer looking towards Autumn.In the past we have had big issues due to rain water run off. The photograph is a reminder of what heavy rain can do to our Ward! This was Linthouse Lane after a very heavy period of rain some years ago!

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more