17th Jul, 2019

Bromsgrove's Pig Alley to undergo drainage works after schoolchildren forced to wade through floodwaters

WORK will be carried out to improve drainage in Bromsgrove’s Pig Alley after children were forced to wade through ankle-deep water on their way to school this week.

Days of torrential rain this week meant the popular alleyway which links South Bromsgrove High School with Conway Road and runs near Bromsgrove School fell victim to flash flooding and hampering pupils’ journeys to and from school.

Calls were made from parents to both county and district councillors who represent the area to get something done so the same thing did not happen in the future.

And after representations from district councillor Michael Thompson and county councillors Rita Dent and Chris Bloore, the county council has now agreed to carry out the work.

Coun Thompson said: “I received several messages from the parents of students who had been wading through ankle deep water with soaking shoes and socks and then sit A-level exams.”

Coun Dent added: “As soon as I was alerted to the problem I contacted the relevant officers at the county council.”

She added once it was rectified she hoped there would be no further problems.

And Coun Bloore added: “As a council we have to be more reactive to flooding as and when it occurs – I am pleased action has been taken to alleviate this problem.”

Worcestershire County Council confirmed work would take place from July 22 to September 4 to coincide with the school summer holidays and to ensure one of the main Bromsgrove school routes was not closed to those who needed to use it.

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