Road drains and gullies

We clean gullies to remove leaves, litter, silt and other detritus to prevent them from causing blockages in drains and sewers.


In Cheshire East there are:

  • 92,000 gullies

Our gully and drains team

Our gully emptying schedules and other routine maintenance work is designed by collecting all the information collected from previous work carried out.

We use this together with information such as the type of road, school locations and likely flood risk allows us to workout how often we should empty gullies across our highway network.

Not all gullies will be emptied every year, although A and B roads may be emptied up to three or four times a year.

We have collected information for each gully emptied during the last three years and we know:

  • the level of detritus contained in the gully pot, at the time of emptying
  • the condition of the lid (and whether it’s jammed, broken or missing)
  • if we have been unable to access it (parked car or if the boom is obstructed by an overgrown hedge or overhanging tree)
  • if the connection onto the main drain is blocked
  • the date and time of our visits

The information we have collected has been used to produce a gully emptying schedule for 2019 (PDF, 26KB) along with a plan showing the locations (PDF, 410KB).

Flooding emergencies

As well as our planned works, we will respond to flooding emergencies which directly affect property or present a danger to highway users. Blocked gullies that don’t cause such problems won’t be emptied immediately.

Report it

If you are concerned about a blocked gully you can report it and it will be assessed for priority with appropriate action taken.

Further information about gullies

Emptying gullies

Gullies collect surface water which runs into highway surface water drains, open watercourses/rivers or public surface water sewers. The gullies have a trap which collects leaves, litter, silt and other detritus preventing these from entering the drainage system and causing a blockage. When full, these gully traps have to be emptied, to ensure that they continue to work effectively.

Public surface water system

Public surface water systems belong to utility companies and therefore any restrictions found will be passed to the responsible utility company for resolution.

Contact us

Report a problem online

If you consider a highways issue to be dangerous, or an emergency, please call us on:

0300 123 5020
(8:30am – 5:00pm)

0300 123 5025
(after 5pm and before 8:30am, including weekends)

Floor 6
Delamere House

Delamere Street Crewe

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