In 2008 a survey of 400 households was carried out as a step towards the development of a Community Action Plan. Unsurprisingly a large number of returns reflected a concern about drainage and flooding. As part of progressing towards an Action Plan the Environment Work Group (one of the 8 OGAFCA work groups) produced a detailed report titled "9 wet spots". RBWM Streetcare were very helpful during this process and provided surveys and charts of known drainage routes that had been last surveyed in 2001. The 9 "Wet spots" report was part of the Environment Work Group's submission towards the Community Action Plan in 2009. OGAFCA Environment has remained in contact with RBWM Streetcare ever since in an attempt to work through the 9 "wet spots" numbered from the easiest to the most difficult. The history of this over the last 4 years can be followed in detail via the main Environment page which gives access to 22 Drainage update reports, collections of photos, and other assorted information. Every issue of the Newsletter has also contained a drainage update.
We are very glad to be able to report substantial encouraging and positive progress recently. The most promising thing for the long term is that the long awaited Streetcare consultant has finally been appointed and is engaged in a study of the drainage problems in our area. Our "9 Wet Spots" report has been passed on to the consultant and Stage 1 of the catchment study was scheduled for completion by Friday Sept 19 2014, the day following our AGM.
Stage 2 of the catchment study will involve inspection of areas considered to be significant in terms of flood risk and liaison with flood wardens, Parish Council representatives and community representatives. The consultant has been asked to contact the Oakley Green Fifield and District Community Association Environment Work Group as part of this Stage.
Stage 3 will involve the development of an action plan to address flooding issues in the catchment.
But even before what Streetcare call a "Fifield Study" is completed much useful progress is now being made.