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Decision details

Gulley Management Strategy Review

Decision Maker: Decision Session - Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, Executive Member for Environment

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Purpose of Report: To agree a new approach to maintenance of gullies in York, presenting a strategy developed in light of assessment of surface water flood risk areas.


The Executive Member will be asked to agree the strategy and outline programme, as well as use of the Drainage Hotspot Fund.

This item has been deferred to the January meeting to allow more time for the development of the strategy.


This report has been deferred to the decision session scheduled for 7 March as the report author is currently heavily involved in flood response/investigations and it has therefore not been possible to meet the required deadlines to take this report to the 25 January meeting.



(i)           That the proposed gulley cleansing programme set out in paragraphs 6 and 11 to 15 of the report be agreed.


(ii)          That the following locations be added to the current drainage investigations list (Annex 1):


·        Milner Street back lane

·        Bone Dike, Strensall

·        Foxwood Lane area for previous surface water/foul water drainage

·        Constantine Avenue

·        Rosemary Court


(iii)        That a further programme of work as set out in paragraph 16 of the report be agreed with the following additions:

·        Development of a scheme to gain access to gullies in areas which had consistent on-street parking via temporary restrictions to be in conjunction with other Pride in York street maintenance services.

·        Investigate regular reporting of the number of requests for reactive cleaning of gullies, and development of systems to identify locations where repeated requests were being made which could indicate the need for further investigations.


iv)  That the connecting streets, identified via the Environment Agency flood maps, be added to the current list of streets (or parts of) that are theoretically at risk of surface water flooding.


Reason: To improve the management of York’s gulley assets.

Report author: Steve Wragg

Publication date: 08/03/2016

Date of decision: 07/03/2016

Decided at meeting: 07/03/2016 - Decision Session - Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change

Effective from: 10/03/2016

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