Skips delivered to Willows as councils work to prevent repeat of flooding

Flooding in Miles End, Aylesbury, earlier this month
Flooding in Miles End, Aylesbury, earlier this month

Skips have been delivered to the Willows estate in Aylesbury to allow residents to dispose of items ruined by flooding.

Aylesbury Vale District Council has sent skips to various locations but are reminding people to only throw away items once they have been given the go ahead by their insurance company.

The council also has a truck in the area specifically for electrical goods. Residents who need the council to collect electrical items need to contact the staff who are with the skips and they will make arrangements to have the goods collected.

Staff from the Environmental Health team are also on hand providing practical advice to residents about food and water safety.

All the waste bins and food caddies that were out have now been collected.

Councillor Neil Blake, leader of AVDC, said: “Along with fellow councillors, I’m aware of the devastation floods cause and I have every sympathy with all those who have been affected in any way by the recent flooding.

“They have my assurance that we will work as hard as is possible to support them and ensure their lives return to as normal as possible, as soon as possible.”

Throughout the weekend, volunteers manned the rest centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, which was used by five people.

With more rain forecast this week, action is being taken to minimise the risk of any further flooding to homes in the Willows.

Buckinghamshire County Council is making sure that the highway gulleys remain clear whilst AVDC has arranged for some clearance of the brook which should improve capacity in the brook.

Contractors will be on site shortly but AVDC will be pressing the Environment Agency about their plans for the future maintenance of the brook.

For other residents across the Vale whose recycling and waste collection was missed because of the floods, the council is asking you to leave bins and food caddies out and their crews will try and collect them in the next couple of days.

However, recycling and waste staff have currently been deployed to help with the clear up in the Willows, so if a bin/caddy is not collected by the end of Wednesday, residents should take their bins back in until their next normal collection day.

The council apologises for any inconvenience.