Overflowing drain closes Telford footpath - with video

By Rory Smith | Donnington | News | Published:

Water pouring from a blocked mineshaft drain for weeks has flooded through a wall in Telford, closing the footpath below.

The strategic mineshaft drain has flooded part of the car park belonging to LEA Autos in Donnington and is seeping water onto the pavement, creating an orange stream flowing down Oakengates Road.

Telford & Wrekin Council said the ownership of the drain is unclear which has caused delays in workers being able to unblock it, but it has shut the footpath for workers to undertake the repairs on Friday.

Residents in the area have complained about the quantity of water leaking and the time it has taken for it to be addressed, with some concerned for the condition of the houses downstream.

Posting on Facebook, Suzzane Lane said water had been "pouring out since before Christmas".

Fiona Evans said: "Why have they left it so long? It should have been sorted way before Christmas. I feel sorry for the house next door, I know there's a drain there but if I lived there I'd be getting someone to check for any structural damage to the house."

But the council said due to the drain running across private property, all homeowners and businesses in the area had to be notified before work can start.

Residents with any queries on the work are being asked to contact the council by emailing

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley, Telford.


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