Paul Crouch from Abbey Meads has written to North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson and Haydon Wick councillors suggesting the third anniversary of the dramatic floods on 20 July 2007 would be a good time to get a report from the Environment Agency on their plans for Haydon Brook.
Dozens of houses in Haydon Wick were badly flooded and earlier this year a well received £10 million scheme by Thames Water to replace and enlarge sewage pipes to alleviate the ‘brown water’ flooding was completed.
However, Mr Crouch complains, “apart from numerous inspections and surveys very little has actually been physically done by the Environment Agency to reduce the threat of Haydon Wick brook once again bursting its banks and causing widespread surface flood damage throughout the area, should there be another deluge.”
Sue Martin, clerk to Haydon Wick parish council, said the Environment Agency assessment had been studied by parish councillors. They have expressed concern about the lack of action since 2007, and that the report does not take into account the 2008 flood, nor make clear proposals for future maintenance after proposed remedial works.
Swindon councillor David Renard said, “since the 2007 floods the Haydon Wick Ward councillors, have worked hard with Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Swindon Council’s drainage engineers, the parish council and residents to deliver improvements to the foul water and surface water systems.
“Thames Water and their contractor Murphy’s did a superb job to address the foul water issues. But we are very concerned that the Environment Agency commit to deliver the improvement works we believe are needed to Haydon Wick brook and Haydonleigh drain.
“Some clearance and engineering work has been carried out but much more still needs to be done to ensure peace of mind for residents living close to the areas susceptible to flooding.
“Swindon Council will contribute towards the proposed scheme and we are expecting a positive decision from the Environment Agency in July.
“If the project receives approval, we will arrange a meeting for residents to see the final plans and push to get the works delivered as soon as possible.”