Flooding in the Willows

I continue to liaise with the Environment Agency regarding flooding and water management in the Willows area of Aylesbury and I have received the following update on the impact which the most recent River Basin Management Plan will have for this community.

‘The overall WFD status of the Stoke Brook in 2015 is moderate. To be fully WFD compliant and assigned an overall ecological status of good, all parameters need to be at a minimum of good.

Invertebrates, macrophytes and phosphate are all at moderate status for the Stoke Brook.  Our investigation for invertebrates concluded that there is less resilience to natural low flow due to poor habitat variability. This indicates that a more natural habitat, with better variability, would mitigate the negative effects of low flows during a dry summer.

Collaborative solutions are often the best way to improve a water body’s WFD status. At the Willows, we are currently exploring the possibility of realigning the Stoke Brook by working with HS2 and Buckinghamshire County Council.  This has the potential to improve the river’s WFD status, reduce flood risk and improve the area for people and wildlife. We would be happy to provide you with more details about this potential project, if you would like to find out more. 

There is also a Catchment Partnership that represents the interests of local stakeholders and helps deliver improvements for the Thame catchment. This is jointly led by Freshwater Habitats Trust and The River Thame Conservation Trust.  You can find further information on their websites.’

If you have any concerns or questions please get in touch with my office at 020 7219 3432 or at david.lidington.mp@parliament.uk