Floodwatch

Flood Report October 2018

Yet again there has been very little rain but it has enabled the Flood Group to start a project of 'slowing the flow' of Sutton Brook to the north of Lower Brailes.
The Project is near where the 99 Steps footpath goes across Sutton Brook and the floodplain, and is in the copse to the left. It consists of a one metre high grass mound built across the bottom of the copse with a pipe in the mound which will allow a certain amount of water to drain from the copse. In heavy, prolonged rains any flood waters from the Brook will slowly fill up the approx 1500 square metres of the copse behind the mound. This will give more time for the surface waters from within the 2 villages to get into the pipe infrastructure and away downstream out of the community.
It is realised that any system has a capacity and it is a possibility that prolonged rains, over
3 hours, might still cause flooding on the Main Road, but every little bit helps.
Over the next few months trees will be planted, possibly with the help of the village school children, alongside the 99 Steps footpath in the copse, this will 'slow the flow' even more.
Many thanks to Martin Cole for allowing us to use his land to help ease the threat of flooding in Lower Brailes.

The Brailes Flood Group held a preliminary meeting to discuss how to use the Grant of £380,000 for the Lower Brailes Flood Alleviation Scheme. The exact terms of the Grant are still not clear but ideas were put forward for consideration and further discussion around the end of
November 2018.
Ideas included:-
Residents of the dozen or so properties that are at risk of flooding to be approached to ask if there is any flood resilience methods that could be used in and around their properties.
An overflow pipe from just before the Orchard Close Bridge to go underneath the Orchard Close pavement out into the Brook around the flood relief channel.
Divert Hen Brook down Sutton Lane and then into Sutton Brook south of Lower Brailes.
(Both of these ideas would are aimed at ease the floodwater pinch point around the Main Road Bridge).
Dredge the Main Road Bridge and realign Sutton Brook above the bridge.
Examination of the drainage off the Playing Field to prevent as much water coming down the field exit by Blew Gates.
A Hydrology/Topographical Survey of all the watercourses and infrastructures that flow in, through and around both Brailes villages.
The Survey could highlight any weaknesses and will also go towards helping decide which of the other 6 or so other proposals for  the Brooks might be feasible or of most benefit to ease the risk of flooding.
Continue to liaise with WCC Highways and Flood Team.

The Community Road Closure Scheme (formerly Road Closure) has been withdrawn by WCC.
We do have an alternative which was outlined by Parish Councillor John Lloyd and recorded within these Parish Council Minutes.

Ken Taylor,
Brailes Floodwatch.
 

 

Flood Report June 2018

There were 3 areas with problems after the Thursday evening, 31/5/2018, storm.
Two were sewage overflow and Severn Trent attended.
The sewerage pipe re-lining programme by STW should stop the recurrence in one area and numerous Agencies are advising in the other. Grass cuttings and washed out gravel from driveways resulting in blocking roadside gullies were another concern.

There was a Multi Agency with the Brailes Flood Group on Monday 18/6/2018.
Highways confirmed there was a problem with the roadside gully pipework under the verge just up from The Gate, Upper Brailes. 6 metres of pipe will be replaced.
Excess groundwater on the High Street, Lower Brailes, near the garage was inspected after the meeting. Highways and WCC Flood Team are liaising.
The Rectory Lane estate also had surface water runoff concerns. We will endeavour to get some idea of the land drain layout installed when the estate was built 30 years ago and then liaise with Highways and Flood Team.

On 22/6/2018, I got news that Brailes had been accepted by WCC as a Pilot for the Community Road Warning Scheme. On discussion at the Parish Council monthly meeting 25/6/2108 it was decided to ask WCC for confirmation in writing of the Criteria and funding. The setting up of any Pilot Scheme always has difficulties which we have experienced over the last 2 years.
A lot of work has already gone into trying to get the Scheme set up in Brailes and it was pointed out that the areas that did the Pilot Schemes for the Neighbourhood Plan had all their expenses paid.

We will organise a meeting for volunteers in September.

Ken Taylor
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Flood Report May 2018

On the 18/6/2018 there will be the scheduled 3/4 monthly meeting between the Multi Agencies and the Brailes Flood Group.
Among the topics on the Agenda will be progress reports on:- 
The replacement, near The Gate, Upper Brailes, of 6 metres of road gully pipework infrastructure under the roadside verge.
The Severn Trent Water pipe re-lining project Jeffs Close/Sutton Lane/ High Street where access and poor ground conditions have caused delays. Survey Inspections were hopefully completed in the Spring months.

WCC Flood Team have been given the task of doing the Business Plan for WCC on the Government Grant of £380,00 awarded to WCC for the 'Lower Brailes Flood Alleviation Scheme'. 
It is hoped details would be available to the meeting.
As reported in my last Floodwatch report of 26/3/2018, I will seek advice on the concerns of parishioners of surface water run off from neighbouring fields and properties and if any solutions would come under the Alleviation Scheme. 
I will endeavour to convince all Agencies that any flooding problems in Upper Brailes or if the excess water does not get into the Upper Brailes infrastructure, increases the flood risk in Lower Brailes.

Ken Taylor
Brailes Floodwatch
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Flood Report April 2018

A Government Grant of £380,000 has been allocated for the 'Lower Brailes Flood Elevation Scheme'.
This was as a result of the 2013 WCC report on areas at risk of flooding. I made representations and succeeded in getting Brailes in at No20 of the 40 areas listed by WCC. This report was then submitted up to Government, Ministers, the Treasury etc and, 4 years later, the funds have now been allocated.
I was informed that the WCC Flood Team have been tasked with compiling a Business Plan and will liaise with the 2 year old Brailes Flood Group (BFG) and other interested bodies.
Both the Flood Forum and the Flood Team apologised that they did not inform the flood groups earlier, (we heard through a Press Release), and stated they were unable to give any details as to who, when, where and how the Grant will be managed. We were assured that there would be full consultation with the BFG and all concerned, once the Flood Team have all the details from Government.
A Multi Agency Meeting is scheduled for 18/6/2018, we might learn more.
During the ensuing discussion the PC agreed with the District and County Councillors, who are both Trustees of the Cotswold AONB Board, that the BFG should inform inform Cotswold of the announcement of the Government Grant. I stated I had mentioned this to the BFG Secretary but there has not been a chance to call a meeting to discuss due to holidays and family commitments.
I added a possibility that any Grant monies spent could be added on to the WCC Business Plan if necessary and reimburse Cotswold that way.

Councillor John Lloyd and myself met a representative from WCC reference the Community Road Alerting Initiative (formerly the Local Road Warning Scheme) and after discussion it was decided we would volunteer Brailes to pilot the Scheme in South Warwickshire. An email outlining the reasons for the proposal was sent to WCC, copy to the PC.

Locally, I continue by reporting the rainfall in March was over 5 inches (138mm) and noted the average rainfall for the WHOLE year is just under 27 inches (680mm).
I had enquires from a few Parishioners of surface water runoff threatening their property. I visited their homes pointing out that whilst we didn't have any heavy rains, there was a lot of wet days and with the ground being so saturated, even a small amount of rain would cause surface water runoff.
The problems were probably a combination of land drains being blocked/damaged/not now being fit for purpose or neighbours inadvertently changing their water course runoff.
I will monitor the progress of any investigations and seek advise if appropriate.
I also observed the the surface water runoff on the proposed BFG Scheme upstream from Brailes and reported to the BFG Secretary for passing on to the landowner.

Ken Taylor
Floodwatch
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Flood Report March 2018

PLEASE NOTE.

The meeting arranged for Saturday morning 12/5/2018 in the Village Hall to try and set up a Local Road Warning Scheme has been CANCELLED.

The terms of reference and guide lines have to be discussed in more detail with the WCC and an appropriate report will be compiled for consideration by the Parish Council, hopefully at the next PC Monthly Meeting.

In my last month's report it had been raised with Highways the numerous blocked roadside gullies. Some of those listed were flushed out etc on 13/2/2018!

After the rain and slow snow melt on Monday morning, 12/3/2018,  the 2 gullies near Blew Gates appear to be working correctly, but up by the Fountain, Upper Brailes isn't working at all. The 2 on the corner of Main Road and Sutton Lane, Lower Brailes are not working either.

Appropriate photos have been sent to Highways.

The cracked and rutted Tarmac on Sutton Brook, Main Road bridge was dug up and resurfaced.

The Parish Council will have to monitor the surface. If the problem occurs again, Highways have to get the tree owner's permission and a tree surgeon to do the appropriate work as they are not permitted to touch tree roots.

All the above had been through the Brailes Flood Group (BFG), which I helped instigated with the help of the Flood Forum, coupled with  Multi Agency Meetings over the past 18 months.

Previously the emphasis has been on the infrastructure within the Brailes villages. After the March 2016 floods, whilst work still has to be done, I extended the scope of trying to reduce the risk of flooding in Brailes.

The snow melt of 12/3/2018, mentioned above, allowed me, for the first time to have a look at Sutton Brook upstream from Brailes. It was quite an eye opener and I have submitted reports to the BFG.

Ken Taylor

Floodwatch

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Flood Report Feb 2018

A Local Road Warning Scheme is, hopefully, to be set up within Brailes.
                               VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED!
A meeting to explain the Scheme, will be in the Village Hall on Saturday 12/5/2018 at 10am. and has been arranged with the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Flood Resilience Team and is supported by the Parish Council.
Briefly, the Scheme will try to slow vehicles through the 2 villages in a possible flood situation and advise drivers accordingly. Full training and equipment will be provided through the Resilience Team. More details will be put to the PC at the 26/3/2018 monthly meeting.
An article will be placed in the April Feldon News and locally produced pamphlets will be distributed throughout the village in April.

The Brailes Flood Group (BFG) had their regular Multi Agencies meeting on 12/2/2018.
The majority of the Agenda was centred around the numerous roadside drains, (gullies), that are blocked within both Brailes villages.
The BFG explained to all present, that rain surface water goes down the gullies into the large infrastructure system spread throughout the 2 Brailes villages and a lot of the water eventually empties into Sutton Brook through the numerous outlets down by Main Road/Jeffs Close, the main area that floods. They emphasised that if the gullies and infrastructure pipes were kept clear of silt, tree and shrub roots etc this would reduce the risk of flooding.
The BFG were assured by Highways that they would check with their Schedules to confirm that all the gullies mentioned as being blocked are in line for investigation/repair and would report. The same would apply to the connecting pipe work.

Severn Trent Water stated the inspection of the re-lining locations of 2km of sewerage in Lower Brailes is now looking to be in the Spring, prior to the works beginning.

Ken Taylor,
Floodwatch.
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Flood Report Jan 2018

The Brailes Flood Group meeting with the Multi Agencies, which was cancelled on 11/12/2017 due to the snow, has been re-arranged for 12/2/2018.

The main topic being raised is the numerous blocked roadside gullies.

There is a system throughout Upper and Lower Brailes that takes surface water via these gullies into the various Brooks. If the surface water cannot get into this infrastructure, properties in Upper and Lower Brailes are more at risk of flooding.

Questions being raised at the meeting include are gullies broken, are they blocked with leaves, are they silted up or are the connecting pipes blocked with tree and hedge roots?

I also asked the Parish Council if they could enquire on the maintenance of the ditch by the Industrial Estate in Salt Way Lane so that the grill catching the debris can be kept clear.

 

Ken Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floodwatch Report Nov/Dec 2017

A Multi Agency Meeting,  which would have comprised of representatives from WCC Highways, Flood Team etc, was scheduled for this morning with the Brailes Flood Group, (BFG), but was cancelled because of the 4 inches plus of snow throughout the County.
Meeting to be re-arranged for January, hopefully.
Unfortunately, therefore, no dates have been given for the attempt to set up the Local Road Warning Scheme in the village. The proposed open Village meeting of Feb/March 2018, which I mentioned in the 30/10/2017 Parish Council meeting, will probably not now be until April/May 2018.

Very little rain has fallen over the last few months and if we have a slow snow thaw, no immediate problems are foreseen.

The BFG was informed that their submitted Grant Application will be considered by the appropriate sub-committee at the end of January. As with all previous projects I have helped process, I do not divulge what works are planned, (design, location, cost etc), so as to protect all the parties involved and the BFG will also adapt this policy. The Parish Council will be informed of details as soon as is possible and the Councillors can be assured that to the best of our knowledge all the appropriate advise will have been sought, quotes obtained and all the appropriate channels will have been gone through.
Ken Taylor, Floodwatch
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Floodwatch Report 30th October 2017

Following from my report last month, the Flood Forum and the WCC Flood Team have accepted the submission by the  Brailes Flood Group (BFG) that our priorities for trying to decrease the risk of properties flooding in Brailes and how this could be achieved is different to that of the Shipston Area Flood Action Group (SAFAG) with whom we had been liaising.
The Flood Forum stated they would approach, on behalf of the BFG, 3 Trusts that they believe might help in the work on Sutton Brook just upstream from Brailes. The Woodland Trust, who are landowners, have access to timber etc and are knowledgeable on Natural Flood Management, the Rivers Trust and the Wildlife Trust. The Flood Forum will report progress at the next Multi Agency Meeting (MAM).

Items on the MAM Agenda include concerns we have on 3 blocked roadside gullies,(2 by Blew Gates, Lower Brailes and 1 at the Fountain in Upper), despite being cleared only 18 months ago. The infrastructure of both villages is geared to getting surface water into pipes and/or the brooks and eventually into Sutton Brook around the Main Road/Jeffs Close area.
If pipes are blocked, restricted by roots etc surface water stays as surface water which adds to the risk of flooding.

It was agreed with the Parish Council that the BFG organise an open meeting on a Saturday morning in the New Year in the Village Hall.
The principal reason is to explain the Community Road Warning Scheme (for details see my Floodwatch Report 31/7/2017). A member of the WCC Resilience Team will run through the support, training and equipment that would be provided. We have had a good response from Parishioners we have approached and found, as expected, that residents are community minded. We now have to get names and contact details listed.

The BFG will also go through the layout of roadside gully and sewerage infrastructures with all their own problems and the consequences of surface water run offs from the surrounding hills and fields.
The ideas and reasons behind proposals for upstream Sutton Brook will be explained and why some proposals may cause problems elsewhere in the systems.
We will try to answer any comments/questions.
New ideas will always be welcome and looked at with the appropriate Agencies as appropriate.
Details of this open meeting, which will probably not be until February/March, to be announced through Parish Council, Feldon News and any other method we can devise.

Parish Councillor John Lloyd and myself will attend a session arranged by the WCC Flood Team on Sustainable Drainage Systems for new developments and the liaising with developers and parishioners.

Ken Taylor
Floodwatch.
 

 

Floodwatch Report 25 September 2017

All the Floodwatch reports from January 2017, which also incorporate notes from Brailes Flood Group (BFG), are now on the Floodwatch section of the Brailes Parish Council website.

A brief summary of previous reports will be put online eventually.

The rainfall statistics that had been on the website, an accumulation from January 1988, nearly 30 years, had been deleted but will be resurrected in a different format.

I might put one stat on each monthly report to the PC.

For instance, the 12 month period to June 2017 was the driest 12 month (567mm-23 inches) since April 2011 to March 2012, (443mm-18 inches).

This was immediately followed, unfortunately, by the wettest 12 months, (1146 mm-46 inches), with the flood in November 2012.

Ken Taylor

Floodwatch

 

 

Floodwatch Report 4 September 2017

A follow-up of the Multi Agency Meeting in July with the Brailes Flood Group (BFG) was held at the end of August.

Severn Trent Water had fixed their water leak on the main road outside The Gate, Upper Brailes. It was pointed out, however, that the problem of water seeping out of through the tarmac some 5 metres up from the repair, has still to be resolved. WCC Flood Team and WCC Highways will review the CCTV footage to confirm location of a broken pipework and report.

BFG understood that there is a Schedule of Properties at Risk of Flood Damage held by WCC and so a copy was requested for local comparison. This would also be useful for the Flood Resilience Plan part of the Parish Emergency Plan, see below.

The BFG stated that their main objectives are to reduce the risk of flooding of properties in Lower Brailes and on the main road. 
As a consequence, a report was compiled voluntarily by a local resident Water Engineer on part of Sutton Brook, upstream from Lower Brailes. This report, which also incorporates collated research and information on Natural Flood Management by BFG, was sent by all appropriate parties. It is anticipated comments will be discussed at the next Multi Agency Meeting, date to be fixed. 
This report is also available to all Riparian owners concerned, for discussion and comments.
The Parish Clerk asked if the report could be made available to the PC. It was stated that the report has to be accepted by all parties and any work consequently proposed has to be with full agreement of the Riparian owner, the WCC Flood Team etc. The PC would be kept up to date with the monthly reports.

Councillor John Lloyd then continued the Floodwatch Report by running through the proposal for a Parish Emergency Plan, the details of which will be in a separate report.

Ken Taylor
Floodwatch

Floodwatch Report 31 July 2017

The advert below was submitted by Brailes Flood Group (BFG) for inclusion in the August Brailes Feldon News.

Unfortunately, we had to include a short P.S. with the advert to inform Parishioners because:- 

At a meeting with Severn Trent Water Company (STW), they informed the BFG that the sewerage pipe re-lining would not go ahead in August 2017.

STW have not been able to get permission from one person for access on his/her land so they could do a preliminary survey in order to finalise their plans.

The whole project of re-lining 2 kilometre of pipework has therefore been put back.

We, at BFG, the Parish Council and everyone concerned, hope we do not have any storms that effect the sewerage system between now and when the matter is resolved.

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VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR COUNTY COUNCIL LED ROAD FLOOD WARNING SCHEME

*  Community Road Warning Schemes are being set up in various communities in Warwickshire where flooding occurs.

*  Where local knowledge is vital, this requires a few volunteers prepared to set up their own community scheme under Council guidance.

*  Such a scheme for Brailes would have Parish Council support and Warwickshire County Council would give training, support and supply essential equipment.

*  With such a local  support group in place early warnings could be given to help those directly at risk of damage from flooding to property.

*  Passing drivers would be made aware to the of risk to cars becoming stranded in deep water, 

(2 such at the Sutton Brook bridge in the flood of March 2016), to the damaging of adjacent properties with their vehicle bow waves and also in sending heavy spray up walls of properties immediately adjacent to the main road as in near the garage.

The 6 present members of the Brailes Flood Group are normally heavily engaged in flood mitigation in periods of storm rainfall.

Anyone interested in helping in this community based effort should contact:-

BFG Project Manager, Ken Taylor on tel: (01689) 686645  email: kenfloodwatch@gmail.com  

OR 

Parish Councillor John Lloyd Tel: 07929 9144292  email: cllrjlloyd@brailesparishcouncil.co.uk

As soon as a viable small group (possibly representing both Upper and Lower Brailes) is got together, a meeting will be arranged in Brailes with a member of the CSW Resilience Team for advice on how such a scheme can be set up and run.

WITH THANKS IN ADVANCE

Maggie Goren 

Hon Sec 

Brailes Flood Group.

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It may have been noticed that the previous 12 months have been pretty dry.

(Total rainfall July 2016 to June 2017 was 100mm (4 inches) less then the average this century).

We had longer dry spells recently, November 2004/June 2006 followed by the July 2007 flood and then September 2010/March 2012 - with the November 2012 flood.

It is just an observation as I know we had a flood in 2016, but this is why the BFG is working to reduce the risk of flooding and the Parish Council is backing the above Community Road Warning Scheme.

Ken Taylor 

Floodwatch

Floodwatch Report 26 June 2017

Nothing to report but a warning if there are heavy downpours on rock hard soil, surface water flooding could be quickly be a problem.

At a Brailes Flood Group Meeting (BFG) there was a guest speaker from WCC Flood Resilience Team.
It was outlined that we could set up a Community Road Warning Scheme.

If such a Scheme had been in place on 9th March 2016, the village would have been warned of the heavy, early morning rainfall and prepared for likelihood of Sutton Brook overflowing onto the High Street.
The 2 cars may have been prevented from being stranded in the flood waters and drivers advised of potential damage to properties from vehicle bow waves around Sutton Brook Bridge and also spray damaging properties on the High Street near the Garage.
Residents around the High Street/Jeffs Close area and in Orchard Close would have been made aware of the problem earlier.
The Scheme, whilst it would be under the Parish Council, would to be designed and run by Parishioners because they know how the Brooks reacts to rainfall.
BFG would liaise closely and Warwickshire County Council would give training, support and provide equipment, road signs fluorescent jackets etc.

After discussion the Parish Council agreed that a piece be placed in the August Feldon News
asking for anyone who is interested to put their names forward to Ken Taylor, to Parish Councillor John Lloyd or to anyone on the Parish Council or the Brailes Flood Group.

A meeting would then be arranged in the Village Hall, with a member of the WCC Resilience Team being invited to attend and give details of how other Schemes in Warwickshire are progressing in order that Brailes can devise it's own plan.

Ken Taylor
Floodwatch 

Floodwatch Report 31 May 2017

Ken Taylor reported on the visit to Stroud. It was well worth the visit.

(NOTE. It was not minuted so I probably did not mention: those visited were, Mike Fidoe, Chris Westerman, Maggie Goren and myself. The terrain visited to the north of Stroud, Wiltshire was very similar to that of Sutton Brook upstream from Lower Brailes).

A grant application has been submitted to Cotswold ANOB and this will include a contract between the landowners and WCC Floodteam. Brailes Floodteam is only a facilitator of the grant.

Next Monday the 11th June is a meeting with the Flood Resilience Team from WCC and the PC are invited. It was suggested by the PC to hold a post Resilience meeting in the Village Hall to make the public aware of what to do and who to contact in a flood.

Ken Taylor

Floodwatch.

Floodwatch Report 24 April 2017

Ken Taylor requested that the Parish Council's banking facilities be used for incoming Brailes Flood Group's grants. This was agreed by all Councillors.

Ken Taylor,

Floodwatch

Floodwatch Report 27 March 2017

We had a Multi Agency Meeting (MAM) on 17/03/2017 which was attended by WCC Highways, Flood Team, Environment Agency, Severn Trent and others.

 

Highways confirmed they would look to repair the broken roadside gulley pipe near The Gate, and inspect the pipework in the area around The Lodge and High Street/Hen Brook Lane, Upper Brailes. Both problems could potentially cause flooding to property.

 

Severn Trent Water stated they have scheduled the sewerage pipe re-lining for August 2017 with an extensive camera survey and jetting maybe in April/May of Sutton Lane to High Street, down to Jeffs Close and the High Street from School Lane to Jeffs Close, continuing along Jeffs Close to the edge of the village.

They are also going to schedule annual inspections in this area and the pipework all the way to the Cherington Treatment works in order to monitor the effectiveness of the work. This re-lining is designed to reduce the groundwater seepage which continually runs in the sewerage system, thus increasing the pipe capacity and decrease the incidents of STW callouts for sewage blockages.

We still need to monitor the frequencies of blockages, so we are asking residents to report to STW ALL blockages throughout the Parish, even those that only last a few minutes and make a note of the job number. If you can then notify myself, phone number below, of address and job number of blockage,  I will then  liaise with STW to see if there are any other areas that are susceptible to sewage blockages.

 

We learnt at the MAM that WCC Flood Team are only notified automatically of building applications for planned developments of 10 houses or over. The Parish Council noted they would have to notify the Flood Team direct if they have any flooding concerns when they consider smaller proposed building applications within the Parish.

 

I am having a meeting with a member of the Cotswold AONB to discuss the plans for upstream Sutton Brook to 'slow the flow' which should relieve the threat of flooding in Lower Brailes. I am hoping to confirm that our ideas would help conservation, enhance wildlife and would be in line with all other concerned bodies.

 

Ken Taylor

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Floodwatch Report 27 February 2017

Further report on the meeting 16/12/2016,  Brailes Flood Group (BFG) and Multi Agencies.

 

This was a complicated meeting as both WCC Highways and Flood Team were recruiting new staff in the posts with whom we had previously liaised and the other Agencies were not necessarily aware of the varied and widespread problems in both villages. These have considerable knock on effects and it was very hard for the BFG to collate a coherent and meaningful meeting.

 

STW came out top of the meeting, as our contact of 2 years, Aaron, attended. As promised he arranged a complete site inspection (camera and flushing) of the area School Lane down to Main Road/Jeffs Close.

A compromised pipe was discovered at 4 Oaks, Main Road. This will have to be replaced and the appropriate notices will be issued for when they close one lane of the Main Road.

Aaron had also promised regular inspection of the system and Sutton Lane/Main Road/Jeffs Close was flushed out etc a few weeks ago.

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The above meetings are arranged through the Flood Forum. On 17/2/2017 we analysed the meeting of 16/12/2016  and have drafted an Agenda for the next meeting with the Agencies on 17/3/2017. Hopefully the new WCC staff will be in post and we will invite them for a tour of the problems.

The Flood Forum representatives did the tour 2 weeks ago and they it found very useful, being able to seeing the areas not just having names in a report.

 

The Agenda will include the PC's interest in the Community Road Warning Scheme.

We will, I think, have to have a formal Village Flood Resilience Team and whilst there is an early warning flood scheme vaguely in place, it is reliant on insomniacs for the night time downpours. We have volunteered Mick Fidoe, 2 Orchard Close and Chris Westerman, The Old Coach House, of BFG to start the team and do some research. May we have support/volunteers from the PC?

 

Ken Taylor

Floodwatch.

Floodwatch Report 31 January 2017

Summary of the meeting of 12/12/2016 between Brailes Flood Group (BFG), headed by Chairman Mr Chris Righton, and a number of Agencies convened to discuss the various flooding problems in the Brailes villages.

 

During the meeting it came out in the discussions that flooding only becomes an issue with WCC Flood Team and Highways when houses, garages, businesses etc are effected by storm water. So in essence, the surface water that was at Hen Brook Lane and Main Road on the 9th March 2016 is to be seen as a water retention area and this eases the flooding lower down.

They would, however, advise and help as appropriate, if gardens, drives, fields etc are flooded.

BFG will liaise with the landowners of Attens Byre and St Ronans Lea as well as the upstream landowners of the 2 parts of Hen Brook, but Sutton Brook is, however, the priority, see below.

 

The broken pipe in the infrastructure of the roadside gullies in the verge of 'Crosswinds', Upper Brailes just down from the allotments was highlighted. BFG to liaise with WCC as this could lead to flooding around The Old Brewery, as happened in 2007. (Done) BFG would also liaise with WCC on the silting up of Sutton Brook under the bridges at the Main Road and Orchard Close. Chris Westerman to forward appropriate photos.

 

Severn Trent Water confirmed work to re-lining of their sewerage pipework Sutton Lane/Main Road/Jeffs Close area from around April 2017.

They will re-examine the sewage leaks from manholes around The Old Coach House/Jeffs Close area.

 

A few points were reviewed on the proposed Natural Flood Interventions and BFG are going on a site visit in Stroud to see these in place.

BFG are also going to arrange a meeting with the riparian owners upstream, Sutton Brook, together with Tom Lavers, who has drafted the plan on interventions. Tom will explain how they work and go through the various sizes and designs and if we get the owners mutual agreement a Business Plan will be drafted. We will then raise monies and get appropriate permissions.

 

The Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Resilience Team are drafting a Community Road Warning Scheme to be piloted at Fillongley, north of Coventry. This would enable local parishioners tell motorists of flooding in the village and indicate to them that we are trying to ease the problem of bow waves and spay caused by the cars.

On behalf of the Parish Council, BFG advised the CSW Resilience representative of the interest of the Parish. Ken was asked to email the representative who would pass it on. (Done).

 

Ken Taylor

Brailes Flood Group.

Floodwatch Report 12 December 2016

Summary of the meeting of 12/12/2016 between Brailes Flood Group (BFG), headed by Chairman Mr Chris Righton, and a number of Agencies convened to discuss the various flooding problems in the Brailes villages.

 

During the meeting it came out in the discussions that flooding only becomes an issue with WCC Flood Team and Highways when houses, garages, businesses etc are effected by storm water. So in essence, the surface water that was at Hen Brook Lane and Main Road on the 9th March 2016 is to be seen as a water retention area and this eases the flooding lower down.

They would, however, advise and help as appropriate, if gardens, drives, fields etc are flooded.

BFG will liaise with the landowners of Attens Byre and St Ronans Lea as well as the upstream landowners of the 2 parts of Hen Brook, but Sutton Brook is, however, the priority, see below.

 

The broken pipe in the infrastructure of the roadside gullies in the verge of 'Crosswinds', Upper Brailes just down from the allotments was highlighted. BFG to liaise with WCC as this could lead to flooding around The Old Brewery, as happened in 2007. (Done) BFG would also liaise with WCC on the silting up of Sutton Brook under the bridges at the Main Road and Orchard Close. Chris Westerman to forward appropriate photos.

 

Severn Trent Water confirmed work to re-lining of their sewerage pipework Sutton Lane/Main Road/Jeffs Close area from around April 2017.

They will re-examine the sewage leaks from manholes around The Old Coach House/Jeffs Close area.

 

A few points were reviewed on the proposed Natural Flood Interventions and BFG are going on a site visit in Stroud to see these in place.

BFG are also going to arrange a meeting with the riparian owners upstream, Sutton Brook, together with Tom Lavers, who has drafted the plan on interventions. Tom will explain how they work and go through the various sizes and designs and if we get the owners mutual agreement a Business Plan will be drafted. We will then raise monies and get appropriate permissions.

 

The Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Resilience Team are drafting a Community Road Warning Scheme to be piloted at Fillongley, north of Coventry. This would enable local parishioners tell motorists of flooding in the village and indicate to them that we are trying to ease the problem of bow waves and spay caused by the cars.

On behalf of the Parish Council, BFG advised the CSW Resilience representative of the interest of the Parish. Ken was asked to email the representative who would pass it on. (Done).

 

Ken Taylor

Brailes Flood Group.