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Scheme Guidelines

Overview:-

There has been a history of occasional flooding in the Tarring area during periods of extreme weather. As part of a broader plan, Tarring Flood Action Group (TFAG) has launched an ‘Adopt-a Drain’ pilot scheme to help alleviate this problem. This involves ‘community spirited’ volunteers taking action and responsibility for the good of the local residents, their properties and businesses (including the conservation area and beyond). 

 

Responsibilities:-

  • Weather Watch, keep an eye on the local and national weather forecast and act on the information

  • Monitor local drains prior to and during periods of heavy rain (particularly, in the summer when the ground is hard and surface water is displaced, in autumn/winter during heavy leaf fall)

  • Check each time you pass your drains (at least once a fortnight)

  • Clear the drain covers of any debris 

  • Report if blocked beneath the surface, submit an online report to love.westsussex.gov.uk/reports or call 01243 642105

 

Guidelines:-

  • Clear the top of the drain inlet of any debris, litter, leaves etc as and when required

  • Where possible clear the area 1 metre either side of the drain inlet 

  • Ensure any leaf debris is either,  a) removed, b) raked onto a nearby council grass verge or flowerbed so it can rot down naturally. If neither of the previous are an option, then ensure the debris is downstream to prevent it being washed back to block the drain again. Litter should be placed in a bin

 

Health & Safety:- (Public Liability Insurance. Markel Insurance, cert no.SC2100F160YR/17/2094)

DO NOT DO ANYTHING TO PUT YOUR HEALTH OR SAFETY AT RISK – IF IN DOUBT, DO NOWT!

  • Wear bright and reflective clothing (high visibility)

  • Wear gloves and use appropriate tools (do not use your bare hands)

  • Work from the pavement or grass verge (stay out of the road)

  • Always sweep, rake or shovel glass (never pick up sharp objects with your hands)

  • Never touch medical or hazardous waste (including hypodermic needles or unknown fluids etc)

  • Wear sturdy and waterproof shoes

  • Don’t poke into the drain, just clear the surface (never remove the grate)

 

Resources required:-

Hi Vis jacket

Stiff broom

Snow shovel

Safety gloves

Litter picker

Blue plastic waste bags (which need to be left by a council bin ready for collection)

 

If you don’t have your own then please ask, all of the above items have been made available to us (on loan) from the Local Council and are stored at West Worthing Baptist Church & The Bakehouse Store.