A frog, a tennis racket and a traffic cone are among a range of unexpected items recovered by highways crews whilst cleaning gullies across Walsall.

Other surprising items found this year have included fishing gear, cycle parts, broken up wardrobes, laminate flooring, car parts and street signs.

During 2013 Walsall Council and their contractors Lafarge Tarmac have been using specialist drainage inspection software developed by the firm KaarbonTech.

The software enables teams to monitor and check which gullies have been cleared and to plan routine maintenance strategically. This has resulted in the equivalent of 43 double decker buses (516 tonnes) full of debris being cleared from gullies across Walsall this year.

Mr John Roseblade, Walsall Council Group Manager, Highways and Environment, said:

“The Gullies across the borough are receiving more attention than at any time in recent history.”

“The intelligence being gathered using the KaarbonTech system enables us to prioritise areas of greatest need in the future allowing us to make the most of our limited resources.”

Mr Mark Entwistle, Managing Director, of KaarbonTech said:

“Our first year of working with Walsall Council and Lafarge Tarmac has delivered real benefits for Walsall residents. Well planned gully maintenance will reduce incidents of localised flooding caused by block gullies.”

There are an estimated 33,000 gullies across the borough – 66% have now been cleared and work will continue on the further 34% in the New Year.

Notes to editors

Walsall Council and their contractor Lafarge Tarmac have been working with KaarbonTech software since February 2013.

Data referenced above is drawn from a Report on the Gully Cleaning Project delivered to the Walsall South Area Panel on 10th December 2013 by Mr John Roseblade, Walsall Council Group Manager, Highways and Environment. A link to full Report is below:

Report: http://www2.walsall.gov.uk/CMISWebPublic/Binary.ashx?

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KaarbonTech provides drainage inspection software, flood risk management tools and specialist asset data collection software to the UK market.

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