New £340,000 flood defences to protect Aylesbury estate

Flood defence: Steve Lambert with the trash screen across Stoke Brook, at The Willows
Flood defence: Steve Lambert with the trash screen across Stoke Brook, at The Willows
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Flood defences to protect the Willows estate in Aylesbury are being displayed on Saturday.

An emergency flood defence barrier that stretches for almost half a mile and which can be deployed by residents, has been bought with a £340,000 repair and renewal grant from the government.

Flooding on The Willows estate from the winter of 2013/14

Flooding on The Willows estate from the winter of 2013/14

Six mobile pumps, two of which will clear enough water to fill 120 bathtubs every minute, will be kept on standby at the county council’s nearby Griffin Lane depot.

The defences aim to stop a repeat of the floods that affected 79 homes on the estate in February 2014.

The equipment was chosen by a steering group made up of residents, 
county, district and town councillors, council officers, Thames Water and the Environment Agency.

County councillor for Aylesbury West, Liberal Democrat Steve Lambert, who chaired the steering group said: “Everyone more than pulled their weight to work together to reach a good solution.

“Permanent flood defences would have been prohibitively expensive, but I believe we’ve got the best emergency defences for the money available.

“I believe we were the first to ask the government whether we could pool the individual repairs and renewals grants to each of the 79 householders, so that the whole community of 450 homes would benefit.”

A large metal screen has already been installed across nearby Stoke Brook to catch debris flowing downstream that could cause a blockage.

The defences will be on display between 12noon and 3pm on Saturday at the open space at the end of Stratford Drive off Ellen Road.