Dovenby Village

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All content are opinions and objections that were raised as part of the response to Msport planning application to Allerdale planning ref 2/2014/0350.  If you have any comment or disagreement then first realise that opinion is just that, opinion in a public planning process.  You may email factual errors to Contact @ dovenbynoise.info

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DOVENBY BECK Drainage from the A594 into Dovenby village

Our sympathy and prayers go to all people affected by the floods this month.  On December 3rd some of us in Dovenby were affected.  We can take precautions but we also can expect assistance from those with responsibilities for drainage.  Matt Buckley has started a Dovenby Flood Protection group and initiated fruitful contact with Cumbria County Council.  For more information from Matt

email dovenbyfloodprotection @ gmail.com


Description of Drainage in Dovenby


Dovenby Beck flows under the A594 into Dovenby village where it flows between a high wall of Dovenby Hall Estate and a low wall that borders the village road.  Northern Developments deal with Msport’s responsibility for their wall and Cumbria County Council deal with the wall adjacent to the road.  Msport kindly and sensibly repaired their wall a few years ago and their workmen said the road wall was in danger of collapse.


Communication by Matt brought the drainage and highways officers here and I took the opportunity to show them various failings in the wall, road and hidden drains up the lane.  Cumbria County Council responded to Matt’s needs and my suggestions with an urgency and professionalism that was astounding, and very effective.


Within days County Council officers had returned with a metal detector to find overgrown drains up the lane and then put the overflow holes in the bridge wall and rebuilt the wall that constricts the beck at points where it was in imminent danger of collapse.  They also arranged for the sunken road to be filled where Msport’s workmen had explained that the soil had been washed through the collapsing retaining wall into the beck over the years.


The County Council team made an excellent job of the wall, not simply pointing the joints between the stone, but totally removing the wall, excavating and making a new solid concrete foundation and rebuilding the wall to look better than new.


I think that the Highways Department has recently had the contract brought back to our Cumbria County staff instead of being contracted out.  Over many years I have tried to get work done to improve the drainage but it is only now that we have success.


Had the wall not been rebuilt then the force of the water would have been like a mega jet washer and I am sure that the wall by the road would have collapsed.


So thank you Mr Harrison, Drainage Officer for Cumbria County Council and Highways Engineer for arranging this work.  And thank you Matt Buckley for initiating their visits and tenaciously persuading them to make a good job of one part our drainage situation.

We thank Msport representative Ian for permitting the removal of the stock gate and fence that was blocked by debris and it may have made Saturdays deluge quicker to disperse.  Let us hope that Dovenby Beck where it flows through Dovenby Hall Estate and farmer Mr Hurd’s land (and possibly adjacent farmer Mr Steele) can now be cleared of obstructions that will allow free flow.


Let us also hope that Msport and Allerdale Development Officer do not impose more drainage problems from their huge development which will cover Dovenby Hall Estate with 11 hectares ie 11,000 square metres of concrete and tarmac shedding rainfall and storm water into our watercourses.


It seems to be the case that there are serious errors made in the drainage situation relating to runoff into Brides Beck, as well as a false plan stating a pond exists with outfall to Dovenby Beck but neither the pond nor outfall exists; but that is Allerdale Borough Council’s actions that need challenged.

Dovenby Village from A594, Reading Room Cottage on right, old pedestrian entrance to Dovenby Hall Estate on left, now blocked off but with the bridge and bridge wall remaining.  The narrowness between the retaining walls forces Dovenby Beck down here.  At the end is the choke point of the bridge before Dovenby Beck bends left and enters the field.  


When Dovenby Beck backs up from the last bridge it fills this channel and on December 3rd 2015 it overflowed at this point into the road.

Below is an indication of the scouring of the surface and the curved stone edge has been undercut.


This has been an extremely rare, perhaps unique event so …

All content are opinions and objections that were raised as part of the response to Msport planning application to Allerdale planning ref 2/2014/0350

If you have any comment or disagreement then first realise that opinion is just that, opinion in a public planning process.  

You may email factual errors to

Contact @ dovenbynoise.info

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