Flood barrier could be installed in Willows

David Lidington chairing the meeting on flooding
David Lidington chairing the meeting on flooding

A flood barrier could be installed to defend the Willows estate in Aylesbury from further damage, according to the town’s MP David Lidington.

Up to 80 homes in Aylesbury were devastated by flooding on February 7 when nearby Stoke Brook burst its banks.

A blame game began between the authorities, but a meeting has now taken place between them and Mr Lidington to ensure the same mistakes are not made in the future.

The Aylesbury MP was pleased with discussions that took place but was surprised that the teams were meeting for the first time.

He said: “What did slightly surprise me was that several of the people there had clearly not met each other! There was an exchange of contact numbers.

“But the aim of the meeting was not to point fingers but to agree that everyone has a certain responsibility to avert further floods in the Willows.

“One option is whether a flood barrier running along the side of the estate would work.”

Mr Lidington said the Environment Agency, which blamed the district council for not maintaining the brook, did admit a degree of responsibility.

He said: “They had a responsibility for maintaining Stoke Brook and said in the future, debris will be cleared away and not left at the side.”

Mr Lidington also said they discussed pinch points in culverts which run under Oxford Road but a full report and plan of action by the county council will be released in the next few weeks.

He said: “There is a programme which the county council will lead, as they have a statutory obligation to do so.

“But we all need to make sure that the good intentions from the meeting are carried through and with the internet we can have a virtual working group.”