Happy New Year.
HVDIG Special Meeting
The Special DIG meeting planned for this month will take
place on Thursday 28th January at 7.30pm. This will be held using
Zoom, and we have decided that we will restrict attendance to the Committee
members only. In part this is because of the quality issues that happen when
more than one person speaks at a time, but also in part because of our lack of
experience with running such a meeting.
If you would have liked to attend and wanted to offer an
opinion on our way forward, or ask a question, contact me and I’ll raise it at
the meeting. Nevertheless, we will issue minutes of the meeting and will also
ensure that we provide an opportunity to review the points discussed when we
have the opportunity to meet together. No doubt we all look forward to the day
that it can happen.
Trees Road &
These unmade-up roads have drainage grills running across
the road at its foot and which connect to the road drains. The roads are hilly
and susceptible to large levels of water running down during wet weather. Along
with this comes stones and debris which block the grills & drains.
A small team of neighbours look after the grill & drain
for Trees Avenue, so it is kept pretty clear. Trees Road is more problematic in
that there is no team at present and the bottom of the road where it meets
Valley Road gets periodically flooded and the drains blocked. Through the
Residents Association’s Road Reps, the DIG has established contact with the
Trees Ave team and we are now seeking to find one or two volunteers from Trees
Rd. The aim is to try and get together a small cohesive group (perhaps linked
together through WhatsApp) that can periodically clear the grills.
I am just awaiting dates for a site meeting with Affinity to
check out the culverts.
We have signed up this month to the Bucks CC / DEFRA
Flood Resilience: Developing flood resilience in communities that are at risk
of flooding from groundwater
Our involvement will essentially be through attending and
contributing to steering group meetings and helping deliver community engagement.
Their words, not mine.
This could be very beneficial for the Valley, with potentially the
following topics covered:
Groundwater warning systems: improved network of boreholes and rain gauges and
to include innovative measures such as Livelab gully sensors
Modelling of flood risk in groundwater fed areas across and to capture
knowledge and understand better these areas where there are gaps in mapping and
flood warning system for residents using information from modelling and monitoring
Close working with communities through parishes, community boards, flood
groups; social media and other innovative data gathering to capture their
understanding and needs, taking a bottom-up approach
Working with communities through engagement officers to raise awareness and
readiness for flooding and develop flood wardens/groups for future resilience
Events to encourage rain gardens, de-paving of driveways and more sustainable
drainage within communities ·
Exploration with communities and landowners around opportunities for Natural
Flood Management in the catchments which will help with climate change
Researching and developing improved and innovative approaches to individual
property flood resilience measures that address groundwater
Working collaboratively with partners to identify projects which will be
mutually beneficial to flooding, climate change and habitat creation to develop
and sustain the health and wellbeing resilience of communities.
Valley Rd &
Warrendene Rd Road Drains
The road drains (and the new drainage chambers) in Valley
Road were meant to be cleaned and jetted following the drainage roadworks in
mid-2020. As far as I know it didn’t happen. Since then, drains all along the
Valley have become silted up and the leaf fall this winter only made it worse.
We have so far alerted Bucks CC via the ‘Fix My Street’
website, which is totally unsuitable for reporting in a detailed manner. This
only seems to elicit a ‘No action Required’ response.
More recently I have asked David Carroll to bring this to
the attention of James Tunnard. Nothing seems to be happening. It seems to me
there is absolutely no point in getting drainage improvements engineered if
then there is no follow-up maintenance to keep the improved drains clear.
We need some form of better understanding with
the Council to ensure routine preventative maintenance can be periodically
carried out and exceptional action happens after heavy storms block drains.