For all those who suffer form ponding at the bottom of Central Hill and Crown Dale (near Elder Road junction), the current ponding issues have been established as principally a Lambeth street cleaning issue of the gullies there.

HUGE thank you to Helen Hayes MP for her work escalating this matter with Lambeth. Special thanks to Croydon who found the plans that proves this section of the cross border road is a mostly a Lambeth ‘adopted highway’ (with Croydon cleaning the footway on their side at this location).  Following Helen’s intervention Lambeth will need to improve the street cleaning here.  Lambeth Council Officers are planning to improve co-ordination with their opposites in Croydon Council, who share responsibility for the maintenance of the site.  Thanks to Knight’s Hill Ward Cllrs for help with the ongoing street cleaning checks.

And thanks for Thames Water to manage the survey work to assesses the drain capacity after rainfall at this site. They reported “The hydraulic flooding occurs when the gullies become blocked with leaves and other debris, causing excess water to pool at this location“.  Below shows Lambeth adopted highway (Orange), and Croydon (Mauve) areas that this cross border site:


Thank you to Veolia for cleaning.   An all round team effort!

But.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE… if you see leaf fall accumulating here… contact LAMBETH to clean asap. Leaf fall after rain can suddenly build up very quickly.  Email Lambeth here… . Highway contacts for all the boroughs that meet at Crystal Palace is here:

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