In 2008 a survey of 400 households was carried out as a step towards the development of a Community Action Plan. Unsurprisingly the survey
results, published in 2009, showed a large number of returns reflecting 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 established at that time) 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
OGAFCA Environment remained in contact with RBWM Streetcare hoping to work through the 9 "wet spots" numbered from the easiest to the most difficult.
The history of this can be followed in detail via the
page which gives access to many Drainage update reports, collections of photos, and other assorted information. Every issue of
has also contained a drainage update.
The original "wet spot" report has been updated and is now at version 6 - 9 "Wet spots" 2020
We have had one or two successes over the years which you can track by clicking on "wet spots" on the map above.
A Streetcare consultant was finally appointed in 2014 to carry out a study of the drainage problems in our area. Our "9 Wet Spots" report was passed on to the consultant and in 2015 we also provided a document
(updated in 2020) detailing our local knowledge at that time. 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 was supposed to 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 was asked to contact the Oakley Green Fifield and District Community Association Environment Work Group as part of that Stage.
Stage 3 was to involve the development of an action plan to address flooding issues in the catchment. Sadly RBWM dismissed the consultants WSP and the task should have been taken up by their new consultants Project Centre.
There has been absolutely no progress towards any of this as far as we can make out.
Now, in 2021, we are involved in a quarterly online meeting with RBWM Flood Risk, Highways, Project Centre, and Volker Highways.
We have been told that funding for a catchment study has been applied for and we wait to hear that the process is re-starting.