DIG Meeting held with Consultants on Drainage Strategy

This meeting on 8th March in the HV Cabin was held with Gareth Evans of eight2o, who are consultants to Thames Water. Gareth has responsibility for developing a hydrology model for Hughenden Valley to aid refinement of the Thames Water Drainage Strategy document, to which HVDIG has already provided information. It is hoped that suggestions/options for improvements can be built into the plan and used as  a basis for spending on the valley infrastructure if and when budgets allow.

This meeting gave the opportunity for Gareth to meet with the residents and obtain details from us of the local geology and our experiences during the flooding events of recent years. Gareth is allocated to us for a period of two years and expects to visit HVDIG on a quarterly basis. Since the meeting Gareth has returned to do a walk of the winterbourne section of the stream with members of the DIG.   

DIG Meeting held with Bucks CC/Atkins

This meeting was originally planned for 10th March, but was postponed to 23rd March in the Cabin. Rob Millington from Atkins provided us with the results from the modelling work they have carried out on the surface water flows through Hughenden Valley.

Rob presented a series of charts detailing predicted flows, groundwater emrgence points and possible effects from carrying out work such as enlarged pipeage in Boss Lane and water runoff storage in fields above the village. Whilst work on the modelling continues, the charts clearly demonstrated the flooding risk areas in the village.

By the end of April Rob is due to complete a report to Bucks CC which will contain options for providing flood relief. Such options may include things like field barriers for water storage, curb raising, increasing culvert sizes etc and which could be built into a detailed plan for possible DEFRA funding. A further meeting is expected  to be held between Bucks CC and HVDIG at a later point to review progress.