The project costing £6.6 million to reduce the risk of flooding in Haydon Wick was formally unveiled on Friday 1 November by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson.
The heavy rains in 2007 saw over 50 homes and businesses flooded after the brook and sewers were unable to cope with the volume of water.
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.
Above ground construction by the Environment Agency has included realignment of Haydon Brook in places and the installation of 4km of sheet-piled walls and earthworks along the waterway from Abbey Meads to Taw Hill. Five footbridges have been rebuilt and improvements made to footpaths.
Pictured top, Justin Tomlinson MP, left, and Swindon Council leader David Renard unveiling a plaque marking the opening of the flood defence project. Left, some of the sheet piled walls faced in brick and coping stone. Photos: Richard Wintle Calyx
The scheme is designed to deal with a 1 in 100 year flood and to protect 122 homes and business properties, and an electricity sub-station.
Swindon Council contributed £500,000 towards the project after Haydon Wick councillor David Renard and the late councillor Rex Barnett led community demands for effective flood defences.
Cllr Renard said: “I’m delighted to see the work finished. Rex was passionate about fixing the problem and I’m sorry that he is no longer with us to see the job completed.”
Justin Tomlinson, who was a Swindon councillor at the time of the floods, said the events of 2007 had a huge impact on the Haydon Wick community. "The completion of this major project will give relief to hundreds of people in the locality. It’s taken a long time to get here but everybody is very pleased with the outcome.
"The Environment Agency, Thames Water and Swindon Borough Council have worked closely to deliver what was required to ensure extreme floods don’t have such a devastating effect in the future."
The Environment Agency are committed to two visits annually for the next two years to clear debris from the water course.
Details of the project with a map can be found at http://environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/124785.aspx
Right, pile driving on the doorstep in Haydon Wick during the construction