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DIG Report End April 2021

Sewer Status Just when we all assumed that the sewer problems in the Valley had gone away, we found out that they haven’t. After the recent dry weather, inspection pit levels had pretty much returned to normal levels and it was largely assumed that the problems had gone away. However, late in the month it was discovered that the ‘back of houses’ sewer run that is opposite the Village Hall was full and close to overflowing.  The Boss Lane sewer, which it joins, is also dangerously full. TW have visited a few times, but other than pumping out…

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Spotted in the Valley

After months of requesting the road drains to be jetted and cleaned, something seems to be happening. A team from TfB was spotted mid-week cleaning in Valley Road. We hope the work continues because a recent audit by a DIG team found that roughly 70 of the 100 or so road drains from Church Farm up to the end of Warrendene were partially or totally blocked.

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April Update

Audit of Drains A small group of 4 within the DIG spent a busy couple of days in March carrying out an audit of the road drains from Church Farm right up through the village to the end of Warrendene Road. The result was that some 70 drains were blocked or partially blocked out of 100 or so. These were reported (individually) via the FixMyStreet website to TfB, and to their credit, the tops of all of them have been brushed since then. Actual cleaning/jetting may take a little longer – it’s only been a year so far.…

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Philip Dunne MP Sewage Bill

The Ludlow MP Philip Dunne has introduced a Private Members Bill to Parliament to help reduce sewage pollution and improve water quality in our rivers and streams. This is supported by many charities and organisations. The DIG supports this also. Read more and consider supporting the Bill by writing to your MP using the tool provided on the link below. https://www.philipdunne.com/sewagebill

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Sewage Leak at Corner of Pumping Station

On 17th February, a leak was spotted from the sewage inspection hatch at the corner of the pumping station site in the village. This hatch, which lies in the National Trust field (and hence open to all), is sited where the sewage pipe from Naphill comes down to join the main sewer heading to Wycombe. The leak has tended to be intermittent and not a great flow, but nevertheless has been allowing sewage to get into the watercourse. The DIG alerted Thames Water on 18th and the site was visited by engineers, but they advised that the leak…

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Article for Hughenden News Spring Edition

The Stream, Water Table and the Sewers The winterbourne stream flows again this year in the village, and that makes it two years in a row, in itself a bit of a rarity. Although the stream dried up in the upper reaches last summer, it kept flowing all the way through from Church Farm. Since January, the source of the stream has gradually worked its way back up the Valley and through the village. At the time of writing, the stream is flowing from the ditch opposite the Harrow and down through the village. Strangely, it does not…

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New Name for HVDIG

Special Meeting The planned DIG Special Meeting took place at the end of January via Zoom and we are now a part of the Hughenden Residents Association and officially known as the HVRA Drainage Improvement Group.   Peter Cannon was elected Chairman and the meeting discussed matters such as future finances, the constitution, financing and the website. In addition we discussed how the DIG will proceed in future. Changes will take place slowly, starting with the website. The meeting minutes have been placed on the Docs page. The Stream, Water Table and the Sewers The winterbourne stream has…

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New Year Update

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…

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December Update

A note from the Acting Chairman. There seems to have been a lot happening of late, and this will get you bang up to date with what’s been happening. Joining the HVRA This is still planned to go ahead, but I shan’t be able to get anything underway until the New Year. At that point I will call a Zoom meeting for us to get together and decide things. As you know, we will invite Peter Cannon, HVRA Chair to become the Chairman of HVDIG too. He has already taken a strong level of interest in our little…

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Article Submitted for Hugh News Winter edition

The Hughenden Stream The stream dried up quite quickly in its upper reaches during the course of this year. Despite this, it continues to flow merrily from Church Farm downwards and in the accompanying photograph is showing its face above the farm. A much earlier photograph taken in the same area is a nostalgic reminder of years gone by. With the winter season approaching, who knows, it may continue to flow all winter. Drainage and Other Stuff The roadworks in the Village Hall area are complete. The final Valley Road section was carried out several weeks back when…

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AGM News & Update

AGM We finally managed to hold the AGM on 30th September. As it was, the meeting was restricted to committee members only because of Covid, so not ideal. With no successor to the retiring Chairman, and membership small in the last few years it was decided to investigate whether our future would be better served as part of the HVRA rather than a standalone (very small) organisation. We are currently looking into that. Minutes of the AGM are on the Documents page. Road Works et al The final part of the ongoing roadworks in the Village Hall area…

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Thunderstorm hits the Valley

Following the very hot and humid weather, we have been hit by the inevitable storms over the last week. On Wednesday last, 12th August, we experienced a nasty storm in the late afternoon which produced a massive downpour accompanied by thunder and lightning. This proved to be a test for the drainage improvements recently carried out in Valley Road near the village hall. In fairness, the works aren’t yet complete as Valley Road itself has to be re-laid with an altered camber to assist the drainage. In many respects the road drainage coped well. However, as the pictures…

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Road Works Nearing End

The Valley Road drainage works are nearing completion, with the Coombe Lane section only to be finished. During last week there were concerns that Valley Road (with its new drains) became awash at one point – see pics below. However, we are assured by TfB that the gullies were likely working OK and that once the Coombe Lane section is completed and all new gullies jetted, that the whole system will perform well. The final part of the roadworks will happen late July or August when the Valley Road will be resurfaced. This will alter the road camber…

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Road Works Continuing

The road works providing the extra road drainage near the village hall are now about two weeks in and progressing well. On Valley Road itself this work is largely finished with extra drains inserted on the eastern side of the road and further drains being dug up Coombe Lane. On Coombe Lane at the junction with Coombe Gardens an extra large soakaway has been created and this is still to be linked to the road drains.

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Article Submitted for Hughenden News

The following article was submitted for the Summer edition: The Hughenden Stream Following the wet winter, we enjoyed a remarkably warm and dry spring. This has had one knock-on effect on the Hughenden Stream and that is that we enjoyed its flow for a relatively short period of time. In fairness as I write this, it continues to flow nicely down through the park, but in the upper reaches of the winterbourne it’s become a dry ditch in places. As far as I am aware, the stream in the upper reaches only flowed from Boss Lane downwards. If…

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Road Works and The Stream

Road Works On Monday 22nd June, the long predicted roadworks in Valley Road near the village hall started taking shape with the arrival of men and equipment. Unfortunately, this work will cause traffic problems because of the inevitable 3-way traffic control system, and will no doubt last a few days. This work is primarily aimed at preventing road and property flooding and is the final part of a program of work that has been carried out over several years. This work includes: Introducing larger chambers to road drains at the foot of Coombe Lane Diversion of water flows…

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AGM & Other News

AGM matters In light of the Coronavirus situation it has been decided to postpone the AGM until September at the earliest. The work on preparing and auditing the accounts will be done meanwhile; Bob Hawkins has kindly agreed to do the accounts again and we will submit all documentation via email. New Committee Member Debs Lemon has been added as a member of the DIG committee. Jonathan the Engineer Jonathan Roberts, our friendly and supportive TFB engineer has been seen in the Valley over the last week. I approached him to find out the latest. He was just…

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Latest Flooding Alert from EA

Flood alert Areas affected: Groundwater flooding in the High Wycombe area ACTIVE Started at: 09:22 BST on Wed 29 April Flooding is possible – be prepared Groundwater levels are high at our Piddington observation borehole near High Wycombe. Groundwater has reached a level where communities – particularly those near Radnage and in the Hughenden Valley – could be affected within weeks by flooding from groundwater. However, due to the recent drier conditions, groundwater levels have continued to drop over the last week. Levels at the Piddington observation borehole are below the level where we would expect to see…

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Continuing Alerts from EA

Areas affected: Groundwater flooding in the High Wycombe area ACTIVE Started at: 08:56 BST on Wed 22 April Flooding is possible – be prepared Groundwater levels have slightly declined but remain high at our observation site, Piddington borehole, in the Wycombe area including Radnage and the lower Hughenden Valley. Groundwater levels in this area are at a level where communities may be affected in the next few weeks by flooding from groundwater. Low-lying land and roads are at risk of flooding first. Due to the nature of groundwater behaviour, this situation could continue for several weeks or longer,…

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Environment Agency Flood Alert

Last week the Environment Agency issued a flood alert for the High Wycombe area. Flood alert Areas affected: Groundwater flooding in the High Wycombe area ACTIVE Started at: 10:03 BST on Wed 15 April Flooding is possible – be prepared Groundwater levels are high at our Piddington observation borehole near High Wycombe. Groundwater has reached a level where communities – particularly those near Radnage and in the Hughenden Valley – could be affected within weeks by flooding from groundwater. However, due to the ongoing drier conditions, groundwater levels have now started to drop. Levels at the Piddington observation…

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Article submitted for Hughenden News Spring edition

The Hughenden Stream In amongst the current gloom of Coronavirus and the winter’s wet weather, it is a pleasure to be able to report good news in that the Hughenden Stream is flowing in the Valley. Perhaps this is unsurprising as the rain seems to have been a daily event since last October. However, it is always a joy to see the stream flowing and this will be welcome by Valley residents and visitors to the park. On a cautionary note, the stream is flowing rapidly now and in the lower area of the park care is needed.…

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March DIG Update

Aside from one or two heavy downpours in the Autumn/Winter period, the Valley has escaped very lightly in contrast with other areas of the country. As a result our workload has been relatively light, hurrah! One continuing theme has been notifying TFB about the state of the ditches, as they frequently clog up and require cleaning. The ditch along Valley Road near the pumping station ha been under pressure this winter and at one point was so full it threatened to spill over onto the road.  TFB carried out work to cleared the ditch but the tunnel under…

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Meeting with BCC Engineer

Today a small group of Valley Road householders met with Jonathan Roberts, the BCC engineer who has been the main contact for the various Valley Road flooding events. Debs Lemon requested this meeting following the 1st October downpour when the road (and the ditch along Valley Road) was overwhelmed over such a short period. Regarding work previously discussed with Jonathan, he confirmed that: 1. Road drains and possibly ditches are planned to be cleaned in November 2. Further work to bring into play the large soakaway, believed to be at the corner of Coombe Gdns, is planned for…

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Downpour on 1st October

On the 1st of October there was a major thunderstorm accompanied by very heavy rain in the Valley. It was reported that this may have been the heaviest rain in many years and resulted in Valley Road being awash and householders again having water pouring down their drives and into the garage. Amazingly, the very heaviest rain only lasted twenty minutes,  so we can be thankful it wasn’t for any longer. As you can see from the pictures below, in addition to the large amount of water on the pavement on the east side of Valley Road, the…

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