Inquiry into what caused last year’s flooding on Willows Estate

Martin Tett - leader of Bucks County Council visits the residents of the Willows Estate in Aylesbury after flooding - he is pictured left with resident Lee Buckingham and AVDC Cllr Steven Lambert during last year's flooding

Martin Tett - leader of Bucks County Council visits the residents of the Willows Estate in Aylesbury after flooding - he is pictured left with resident Lee Buckingham and AVDC Cllr Steven Lambert during last year's flooding

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The cause of floods which threatened homes on the Willows Estate is to be investigated as part of a council inquiry.

An inquiry into flooding in Buckinghamshire has been started by the Bucks County Council’s transport environment and localities select committee.

It will look at the lessons learned from the aftermath of the severe winter weather last year, to ensure strong and speedy responses by the council and partners in the future.

​Several communities, including the Willows in Aylesbury in February last year, were affected by surface water and overflowing rivers.

Karen Fisher, strategic flood management team leader, said preventive measures were already being explored.

However, she said, the county council needed to take account of increased development and the effect this has on drainage, rainfall patterns as a result of climate change, and cutbacks to resources in the public sector.

She said: “We’re hoping that the rigour of this inquiry will prepare us for a stronger co-ordinated response by agencies in future, and prepare residents and local councillors for dealing with this kind of emergency.”

The inquiry will be held over two days: July 21 for evidence from county council officers, and September 8 for residents, and partners such as the Environment Agency, district, town and parish councils, and utility companies.

Select committee chairman and councillor Warren Whyte said: “This is a good opportunity for the community to be involved.

“I’d encourage any resident or residents’ group, who experienced flooding during the winter of 2014, to contribute to this important process.”

​The select committee will publish its report in the autumn.