Engineers have begun dredging a stretch of Aylesbury’s Stoke Brook this afternoon to make sure it doesn’t flood during tropical storms which are due to hit the UK.
The section between Lupin Walk and Oxford Road – also known as Willow Brook – has recently been fly-tipped and clogged up with rubbish despite checks by Aylesbury Vale District Council.
During February’s extreme weather, the same stretch overflowed and caused damage to surrounding homes on the Willows housing estate.
Despite water levels currently being relatively low, the council is hiring in contractors at a cost of up to £1,500.
The decision was made following an inspection from an AVDC engineer and the Environment Agency along with concern from local residents.
Other organisations including Bucks County Council are responsible for separate stretches of the brook, and AVDC is hoping to work in partnership with them, the Environment Agency and residents to prevent further fly-tipping – which can carry a fine of up to £50,000 as well as imprisonment.
The dredging work is expected to be completed by tomorrow.