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Grids and gullies

We have over 86,650 grids (sometimes called gullies) across the borough. These are at the edge of the kerb and take the water to the drains underneath.

How do grid/gullies work?

Every grid/gully has a ‘pot’ underneath. This is designed to collect as much silt and waste as possible to minimise the risk of a blockage. Our teams jet wash and cleanse all the grids/gullies on our road network to ensure that the collection of waste is removed so water can flow freely.

When we have heavy rain the drainage system it's connected to may be full. This can be part of the water companies waste water system, a nearby ditch or watercourse. 

Once the silt and waste has been removed the pot is refilled with clean water to ensure the connection is flowing. The water level will remain at the height of the outlet pipe in the drain. This is why you can see some level of water inside it does not always mean it is full or blocked.

How often are they cleaned?

We aim to clean gullies at least once per year in line with our scheduled programme.

Our 2021/2022 programme

Please note all dates are subject to change.

  • Capenhurst
  • Saughall and Shotwick Park
  • Burwardsley
  • Tattenhall
  • Willaston and Thornton
  • Frodsham
  • Rushton
  • Little Budworth
  • Backford
  • Beeston
  • Clotton Hoofield
  • Croughton
  • Cuddington
  • Curzon
  • Duckington
  • Ellesmere Unparished
  • Golborne David
  • Handley
  • Helsby
  • Huxley and Hargrave
  • Lache/Saltney
  • Little Stanney
  • Mollington
  • Moston
  • Poulton and Pulford
  • Rowton
  • Stoak
  • Tiverton and Tilston Fearnall
  • Wervin
  • Whitegate and Marton
  • Willington
  • Alvanley
  • Chester Central
  • Christleton
  • Hartford
  • Handbridge
  • Ince
  • Kingsley
  • Lea ByBackford
  • Manley
  • Mickle Trafford
  • Thornton Le Moors
  • Westminster
  • Acton Bridge
  • Aston
  • Barrow
  • Chester Castle
  • Chester Unparished
  • Crowton
  • Davenham
  • Winsford - Dene
  • Dutton
  • Elton
  • Hapsford and Dunham-on-the-Hill
  • Mouldsworth
  • Moulton
  • Norley
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Sutton Weaver
  • Waverton
  • Weaverham
  • Whitby
  • Winsford
  • Ashton Hayes and Horton-cum-Peel
  • Duddon and Burton
  • Ellesmere Port Town
  • Gravel
  • Kelsall
  • Little Leigh
  • Tarvin
  • Wharton
  • Antrobus
  • Barnton
  • Comberbach
  • Great Boughton
  • Littleton
  • Winsford - Over and Verdin
  • St Pauls Ward
  • Winsford - Swanlow
  • Whitley
  • Anderton
  • Blacon
  • Darnhall
  • Great Budworth
  • Guilden Sutton
  • Marston
  • Netherpool (Ward)
  • Northwich
  • Wincham
  • Bostock
  • Byley
  • Darnhall
  • Hoole
  • Newton
  • Rossmore
  • Sproston
  • Stanthorne and Wimboldsley
  • Sutton
  • Upton
  • Agden
  • Allostock
  • Bache
  • Chidlow
  • Cuddington
  • Eaton and Eccleston
  • Lach Dennis
  • Ledsham and Manor
  • Malpas
  • Rudheath
  • Tilston
  • Tushingham cum Grindley and Bradley
  • Wigland
  • Aldersey
  • Barton
  • Chorlton
  • Coddington
  • Delamere/Oakmere
  • Kingsmead
  • Little Neston and Burton
  • Lostock Gralam
  • Neston
  • Nether Peover
  • No Mans Heath
  • Puddington
  • Shocklach Oviatt District
  • Threapwood
  • Aldford/Clutton/Saighton
  • Carden
  • Churton
  • Farndon
  • Huntington
  • Tarporley
  • Utkinton and Cotebrook
  • Broxton
  • Chowley
  • Doddleston
  • Harthill


Please consider if there has been any recent heavy rain and wait a short period of time before reporting a grid/gully that appears to be blocked or overflowing. Sometimes our grids/gullies can't drain the water away quick enough and will appear to be overflowing or bubbling up. This will usually drain away on it's own.

Report a blocked grid/gully 

I've already reported an issue

You can check the progress of the report using our status checker. You can also use this to provide an update.

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