A public meeting is planned for 31 March at Haydon Parish Council Offices from 4pm to 8.30pm, so that details of the work can be outlined.
At the beginning of February the Environment Agency began a £2.4 million project to improve flood defences on just over a mile of Haydon Brook, between Haydon Wick and Haydon End, in order to prevent the devastation and misery of July 2007, when 108 properties in the area were flooded during torrential rainfall, from happening again.
The first phase of the project to clear vegetation from the brook without compromising wildlife habitats is now complete. Major construction to build up embankments and re-profile the stream for better flow through culverts will commence in June.
In 2010 Thames Water completed a two year £10 million project to upgrade the sewers in Haydon Wick village after flood water from the Thames and the Ray backed up and could not be contained by the existing sewers and the weak defences of Haydon Brook.
Councillor for Haydon Wick ward David Renard said, “once we had convinced Thames Water that there was a major need to repair the foul water sewage system in Haydon Wick, they committed £10 million to the project and were brilliant in the execution.
“It’s been a hard road to persuade the Environment Agency to take further flood defence work seriously. However the contribution of £450,000 by Swindon Borough Council helped them make their decision and I’m glad the work is underway to increase the capacity and flow of water along Haydon Brook.”
Details of the project with a map can be found at http://environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/124785.aspx
See www.haydonwickintouch.com for further information on the public meeting.
Pictured: David Renard at one of the culverts which reduces water flow in Haydon Brook between the Clary Road area and Haydon End