Residents call for action on flooding

Swindon Advertiser: Wanborough High Street during last year’s floods Wanborough High Street during last year’s floods

RESIDENTS and councillors in Wanborough have called for more action to be taken by the borough to alleviate flooding problems in the area.

Villagers claim they have been plagued by problems with flooding in the Marsh and Burycroft for years due to private home owners not cleaning their ditches for surface water to flow into.

It is understood during heavy rain, roads are transformed into small streams, making it difficult for people to drive in their cars and walk around.

There have also been reports of raw sewage bubbling up from the pavements at times when water levels are high but Thames Water said this problem had been resolved by the company repairing pipes early this year.

Sally Inskip, of the Marsh said flooding has been affecting her property for 34 years but it has been getting worse in recent months due to people not unblocking their ditches.

“Residents of The Marsh and of Burycroft often have flooding issues when it rains heavily,” said Sally, 63.

“Some of the houses have been flooded in the past and the road floods quite severely at times, especially outside my property. “Part of the problem is that certain landowners do not dig their ditches and therefore the water cannot escape to the River Cole as it should and it backs.”

Swindon Council is the local authority responsible for managing flood risks in the village.

At a Wanborough Flood Group meeting yesterday, Swindon Council’s drainage asset engineer, Simon Masters said while it is the borough’s responsibly to tackle flooding issues it does not have the resources to carry work out.

He said when the Environment Agency was responsible for local flooding, they had teams of trained and experienced staff to enforce the rules but the council does not employ or train anyone especially for the role.

“We don’t have the powers to enforce it,” said Mr Masters. “I can’t comment on what the borough will prioritise in the future. We are a small unitary authority. “ Wanborough’s parish chairman Gary Sumner said he was disappointed with the council’s response to the issue.

“I can understand they have got restrictions on funding,” said Coun Sumner. “The fact is, though, they spent nearly half a million pounds on Haydon Wick’s flood risk scheme and people’s lives in Wanborough are also being affected.”

He said with the Eastern Village Scheme, which could see 8,000 homes being built on floodplains; the borough needs to start taking responsibility for its role.

Anyone with a water course running through their property can learn about action they should be taking to maintain the route.

For more information visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31626.aspx

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8:02am Fri 8 Nov 13

Robh says...

"Local authorities have powers to manage local flood risk only if they are lead local flood authorities under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. These include county councils and unitary authorities, but do not include district councils."


This seems quite clear to me Mr Masters.
"Local authorities have powers to manage local flood risk only if they are lead local flood authorities under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. These include county councils and unitary authorities, but do not include district councils." This seems quite clear to me Mr Masters. Robh

10:01am Fri 8 Nov 13

william pitt says...

This area has flooded for hundreds of years it is natural marsh land my when my grandparents farmed the area it was under water most of the winter and spring something major would have to be done to stop it flooding. Good Luck.
This area has flooded for hundreds of years it is natural marsh land my when my grandparents farmed the area it was under water most of the winter and spring something major would have to be done to stop it flooding. Good Luck. william pitt

5:36pm Fri 8 Nov 13

strattonwallflower says...

exactly William pitt that's why it is called the marsh !!
exactly William pitt that's why it is called the marsh !! strattonwallflower

7:31pm Fri 8 Nov 13

Eastern Badger says...

william pitt wrote:
This area has flooded for hundreds of years it is natural marsh land my when my grandparents farmed the area it was under water most of the winter and spring something major would have to be done to stop it flooding. Good Luck.
Major housing development planned North of The Marsh so hopefully the Borough has some plans? Understand about the 'Marsh' - if land-owners don't clear ditches and water-courses though it gets worse and endangers others homes. 'Wichelstowe' is being built on land prone to flooding but much work done there to prevent future problems. I don't expect major work but regular maintenance would help.
[quote][p][bold]william pitt[/bold] wrote: This area has flooded for hundreds of years it is natural marsh land my when my grandparents farmed the area it was under water most of the winter and spring something major would have to be done to stop it flooding. Good Luck.[/p][/quote]Major housing development planned North of The Marsh so hopefully the Borough has some plans? Understand about the 'Marsh' - if land-owners don't clear ditches and water-courses though it gets worse and endangers others homes. 'Wichelstowe' is being built on land prone to flooding but much work done there to prevent future problems. I don't expect major work but regular maintenance would help. Eastern Badger

8:04pm Fri 8 Nov 13

easternsideoftown says...

There is more money selling land for retail developments & industrial than for residential ie more CIL and S106 payments to alleviate flood risks. Shame land north of the marsh is now (potentially) allocated for 700 houses and an ambulance station instead of industrial as it was originally, funds won't be so forthcoming now . The Marsh has been a flooded area (not risk of, it happens & has for years) , the Marsh, Lake Cottage & Moat Cottage are named for a reason. The transient nature of the population of Wanborough fail to recognise this.
There is more money selling land for retail developments & industrial than for residential ie more CIL and S106 payments to alleviate flood risks. Shame land north of the marsh is now (potentially) allocated for 700 houses and an ambulance station instead of industrial as it was originally, funds won't be so forthcoming now . The Marsh has been a flooded area (not risk of, it happens & has for years) , the Marsh, Lake Cottage & Moat Cottage are named for a reason. The transient nature of the population of Wanborough fail to recognise this. easternsideoftown

8:34pm Fri 8 Nov 13

deepimpact says...

I believe the funding for the Haydon Wick work was from Thames Water, not the council.
I believe the funding for the Haydon Wick work was from Thames Water, not the council. deepimpact

8:36pm Fri 8 Nov 13

Eastern Badger says...

easternsideoftown wrote:
There is more money selling land for retail developments & industrial than for residential ie more CIL and S106 payments to alleviate flood risks. Shame land north of the marsh is now (potentially) allocated for 700 houses and an ambulance station instead of industrial as it was originally, funds won't be so forthcoming now . The Marsh has been a flooded area (not risk of, it happens & has for years) , the Marsh, Lake Cottage & Moat Cottage are named for a reason. The transient nature of the population of Wanborough fail to recognise this.
Not really as it's ok to build industrial in some flood risk zones. All of the Eastern Villages has been given a NIL CIL rate and perhaps the transient population don't want to look out at industrial warehouses - and probably don't want to be flooded - pretty devastating no matter how transient you are! Ironically the cottages mentioned aren't in the flood risk zone.
[quote][p][bold]easternsideoftown[/bold] wrote: There is more money selling land for retail developments & industrial than for residential ie more CIL and S106 payments to alleviate flood risks. Shame land north of the marsh is now (potentially) allocated for 700 houses and an ambulance station instead of industrial as it was originally, funds won't be so forthcoming now . The Marsh has been a flooded area (not risk of, it happens & has for years) , the Marsh, Lake Cottage & Moat Cottage are named for a reason. The transient nature of the population of Wanborough fail to recognise this.[/p][/quote]Not really as it's ok to build industrial in some flood risk zones. All of the Eastern Villages has been given a NIL CIL rate and perhaps the transient population don't want to look out at industrial warehouses - and probably don't want to be flooded - pretty devastating no matter how transient you are! Ironically the cottages mentioned aren't in the flood risk zone. Eastern Badger

8:41pm Fri 8 Nov 13

Eastern Badger says...

deepimpact wrote:
I believe the funding for the Haydon Wick work was from Thames Water, not the council.
Advertiser article 2nd September said £6m scheme included £0.5m from SBC
[quote][p][bold]deepimpact[/bold] wrote: I believe the funding for the Haydon Wick work was from Thames Water, not the council.[/p][/quote]Advertiser article 2nd September said £6m scheme included £0.5m from SBC Eastern Badger

9:37pm Fri 8 Nov 13

easternsideoftown says...

Who is writing this flood risk zone?? Properties flooded in 2007 and 2008 to with near misses in subsequent years with the fire brigade pumping out flood water as it Laps against the doors......why leave out known flooded properties? How can anyone want to build next to The Marsh. The Marsh is exactly what it says on the tin, a marsh.
Who is writing this flood risk zone?? Properties flooded in 2007 and 2008 to with near misses in subsequent years with the fire brigade pumping out flood water as it Laps against the doors......why leave out known flooded properties? How can anyone want to build next to The Marsh. The Marsh is exactly what it says on the tin, a marsh. easternsideoftown

9:42pm Fri 8 Nov 13

Eastern Badger says...

easternsideoftown wrote:
Who is writing this flood risk zone?? Properties flooded in 2007 and 2008 to with near misses in subsequent years with the fire brigade pumping out flood water as it Laps against the doors......why leave out known flooded properties? How can anyone want to build next to The Marsh. The Marsh is exactly what it says on the tin, a marsh.
It's ridiculous I agree buy its the Environment Agency who prepare the maps - they are updating in December and a new map will be published (it will be interesting to see if its any more correlated to the facts) but those who live here know that many flooded homes and a considerable amount of soon to be developed farmland regularly floods.
[quote][p][bold]easternsideoftown[/bold] wrote: Who is writing this flood risk zone?? Properties flooded in 2007 and 2008 to with near misses in subsequent years with the fire brigade pumping out flood water as it Laps against the doors......why leave out known flooded properties? How can anyone want to build next to The Marsh. The Marsh is exactly what it says on the tin, a marsh.[/p][/quote]It's ridiculous I agree buy its the Environment Agency who prepare the maps - they are updating in December and a new map will be published (it will be interesting to see if its any more correlated to the facts) but those who live here know that many flooded homes and a considerable amount of soon to be developed farmland regularly floods. Eastern Badger

10:27pm Fri 8 Nov 13

easternsideoftown says...

, .... Maybe some home owners don't want to be on the map because it affects insurance and value. So they won't be on this new map. In which case it's not very helpful.
, .... Maybe some home owners don't want to be on the map because it affects insurance and value. So they won't be on this new map. In which case it's not very helpful. easternsideoftown

1:01am Sat 9 Nov 13

deepimpact says...

Eastern Badger wrote:
deepimpact wrote:
I believe the funding for the Haydon Wick work was from Thames Water, not the council.
Advertiser article 2nd September said £6m scheme included £0.5m from SBC
Fair enough.
[quote][p][bold]Eastern Badger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]deepimpact[/bold] wrote: I believe the funding for the Haydon Wick work was from Thames Water, not the council.[/p][/quote]Advertiser article 2nd September said £6m scheme included £0.5m from SBC[/p][/quote]Fair enough. deepimpact

11:15am Tue 26 Nov 13

swindonfloods says...

I'm collecting flooding pictures/photos for the Wanborough area to submit it to the Environmental Agency in hope they will fund a proposal in this area. If you do have more pictures please email them to me at canukikit@gmail.com.


Much Appreciated
I'm collecting flooding pictures/photos for the Wanborough area to submit it to the Environmental Agency in hope they will fund a proposal in this area. If you do have more pictures please email them to me at canukikit@gmail.com. Much Appreciated swindonfloods

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