A gully consists of a concrete pot positioned under the road surface with an iron grate visible from the road. The water collects in the concrete pot and is then channelled through a series of pipes before connecting into the main sewer network. Sometimes these pipes and channels become blocked with soil, dead leaves and rubbish, preventing the free flow of water to the main sewer.

Routine maintenance of gullies

Gullies on all adopted roads are inspected and cleaned on a 3 year cycle. 

Report it

If you see a blocked gully or a gully with a broken or missing cover (grate), please let us know straight away by filling in the following e-form:

We will need to know: 

  • where it is - nearby landmarks 
  • if the blocked gully is causing a danger or obstruction, i.e. flooding 

What happens next?

The Highways Operations team will assess all reported incidents with blocked gullies within 5 working days.

Keep our gullies clear

You can help us to keep the gullies clear by not tipping waste down them. If you know of someone who tips waste into a gully that could cause a blockage, please let us know.

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Last updated: 20 October 2023 12:12:29

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