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Flood Report Nov 15

Grant Applications for flood protection can be made to both Warwickshire County Council and Stratford District Council.
SDC do not need for a ‘Business Plan’. I was given the wrong information from a gent at
SDC when the ‘Grant Man’ was on leave.
I will notify both WCC & SDC of all the Flood Protection I am envisaging.
The Riparian owners want the work to get done and they are willing to commit to getting the work done sooner rather then later.
Grant Applications have to be submitted. If work has started before Applications are received, they will not be considered.
The grant money is NOT being treated as a green light for them to start the Protection work, in fact I was envisaging that the work will have actually been completed by the time any Grants were considered and money released.
I will be doing all the liaising and monitoring paperwork. Any work being done will be with the authority of WCC Flood Team and by an authorised Contractor. This will be a Private Contract between the Riparian Owners and the Parties concerned. The Parish Council, as a body, will not be involved in any way.
WCC may approve costs up to 50%, the balance being owners finance and/or other grants.
WCC will accept Grant Applications from local Flood Groups.
WCC pay any Grant monies direct to the owners.
SDC may approve costs up to £4,000 per scheme. (I will apply for various schemes).
SDC will only accept Grant Applications from the Parish Council.
SDC pay any Grant monies to the Parish Clerk.
I will notify WCC of any Grants authorised by SDC so they can take this into account when they come to consider the Application submitted to them.

A review of the drainage from the fields north of the High Street, at the back of Blew Gates, is underway.
Jeff Morris, WCC Highways, is going to get a jetting team to look at the infrastructure from the school down to the High Street bridge as the pipeline is mostly near trees and hedges. If necessary there will be a more detailed inspection with cameras to see where/what the obstructions are and then clear the roots, repair damaged pipes etc.
WCC Flood Team have been asked if they would do a site visit to discuss options with one of the joint owners.

Ken Taylor


Notes of Meeting walk through of Sutton Brook/Flood Relief Channel in Brailes

A site meeting of Brailes Parish Councillors was held at 10.00 on Friday 18th September 2015.
Attended Chairman Martin Cole, Councillors Maggie Witherick , Anthony Ashall, John Greaves, Michael Rosenthal and also Ken Taylor from Flood Committee.
The purpose of the meeting was for the Councillors to familiarise themselves with the course of Sutton Brook and Flood Relief Channel and also the flood prevention work done since the July 2007 floods.

The meeting started at Sutton Brook by the junction of Jeffs Close and The Main Road, Lower Brailes and the planned de-silting was outlined. A brief explanation of the various realignments of the Hen Brook and Highways storm water pipes after the 2007 flooding was given.
The meeting then walked along Orchard Close to the junction of Sutton Brook and the Flood Relief Channel in Betty’s Field and saw the JCB work that was done in the autumn of 2014. This is downstream, out of the village and it could be envisaged that the Flood Relief Channel would take a large amount of flood water thus easing the flood risk back in the village.
The Councillors carried on downstream along the Floodplain at the bottom of Betty’s Field  (which is owned by Howard Taylor). There is approx 100 metres of Channel and the Councillors noted how much the Brook meandered. Some erosion was spotted, possibly caused by some largish stones in the Brook, Ken Taylor will liaise with the Riparian Owner.
At the southern corner of the Field the Brook then cuts across the Channel and from here the Brook and the remainder of the Channel, approx 60 metres, runs through Chris Righton’s land. The Councillors noted the Channel had saplings and strong weeds growing in it and, whilst appreciating that it is still a Floodplain, raised concerns as to whether the water flow was being impeded. Ken Taylor said he would liaise with the owner but he was sure that any clearing that might be done would take into account it is a Floodplain which slows and holds back the water thus helping to protect those downstream.
The meeting finished at 11.00.

   Flood Report Sept 2015
 I proposed to the Councillors that I put together my plans for ALL Flood Relief work that appears to be required and submit to both WCC and Stratford DC in order to obtain Grants.
    At the beginning of this year there was a report published by WCC on areas of flood risk and comments were invited. I had submitted that In 2012 Lower Brailes was cut in two by the flooding on the Main Road, being only passable by lorries and buses, and that some 21 dwellings in Orchard Close were also isolated.
    Brailes is now listed at No 20 in the top 40 of flood susceptible areas in Warwickshire. These locations would be prioritised for flood relief funding with matching funding for flood alleviation schemes submitted from PC or community groups.
     Details of the Flood Relief work I envisage is:-
   As well as the 3 grants that I believe are in the pipeline I would like to include 4 erosion areas to have the concrete slab protection.
   5 properties to apply for installation of Flood doors/gates.
   Liaise with Highways to get the flood water from the fields at the back of Blew Gates (the
     'Crinkle-crankle wall' field) into the infrastructure, liaising with the joint owners.
   Highways to de-silt under the 2 bridges over Sutton Brook
   Local 'volunteers' to de-silt between the 2 bridges (this has been in hand for a few months).
    In a response to a question raised I informed the Councillors that all work would be a contract between the individual parishioner, the 2 councils and the contractors.
    I did not have details of what is required from the SDC as the contact is on leave this week but it might entail some sort of Business Plan. Councillor Ashall stated he would be happy to help in any way. 
        The Parish Council gave it's full approval and support to the idea.
    As a separate issue, I am also in contact with Severn Trent Water in respect of sewerage flooding in Orchard Close and out of the village down to the Cherington Water Treatment Works.
     Ken Taylor

GULLIES IN BRAILES January 2015 updated March 2015. Please notify any of the Parish Councillors or Ken Taylor where there are problems of blocked ditches, drains or gullies. All gullies in Upper and Lower Brailes have been mapped and numbered from 1 to 200 for easy reference between Warwickshire Highways and myself, although we are still finding and laying new gullies. 2 blocked gullies might, subject to consultation, be taken off the map as working gullies. No.195 - Fant Hill, lefthand side of Main Road going out. The other gullies around seem to be coping with most storm water. No. 200 - Tommy's Turn, lefthand side looking down. The majority of any storm water runs down the righthand side and it is proposed that Highways cut 4/5 grips into the verge at the top to connect with the ditch to take the excess water off the Turn. Work in hand:- Holloway Hill - junction to Traitors Ford. Enlarge one gulley, build another and put kerbstones around all the gullies and inspection covers to channel the storm water more efficiently. No. 132 - Main Road/Sutton Lane. Clear blockage. No. 142 - Main Road, The Lodge, opposite Mint Row. Repair brickwork. Done February 2015. No.199 - Track towards the Primitive Methodist Chapel. Unblock and jet. Other work was done by Highways September/October, however with the inch of rain falling around the middle of January, I had to report to Highways 3 other gullies where the water is still not draining and these are in Upper Brailes:- No.149 - Main Road, Penstone House No.163 - Main Road, The Paddocks and opposite at No.164 - Main Road, by the allotments Others reported February 2015 No. 176 - Main Road, Castle Hill View No. 181- at The Fountain. Also reported :- Corner Main Road and Hen Brook Lane, area wet and muddy, culvert draining roadside ditch into the Hen Brook tributary appears blocked. If anyone has seen in gullies, water unable to get away into the system please let us know. Can I please ask Parishioners to keep the gullies near them clear of debris so storm water gets down into the system quickly and not further down the road which could cause your neighbour flooding problems. Ken Taylor kenfloodwatch@gmail.com or 686645.

Flood Report Jan 2015

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Please notify any of the Parish Councillors or Ken Taylor of any instances of problems which may lead to the blocking of ditches or drains.

Details of the current councillors can be found on the councillor section of the website and Ken can be contacted on: 01608 686645 or kenfloodwatch@gmail.com


1988 to 2014 (27 years), updated January 2015
For those of you that only know mm or only know inches, there are roughly 25 mm to an inch,
or to convert to inches more accurately multiple mm by 0.0394

5 year period 1988-1992 525 mm (21 inches)
1993-1997 576 mm (23 inches)
1998-2002 786 mm (32 inches)
2003-2007 680 mm (27 inches)
2008-2012 754 mm (30 inches) an increase of 41%

1988-2000 (last century) 13 years 618 mm (24.4 inches)
2001-2014 (this century) 14 years 740 mm (29.1inches) an increase of 20%.

WETTEST YEARS.                                                                DRIEST YEARS.
1. 1999-830 mm (33 inches)                                      1. 1988-432 mm (17 inches)
2. 2000-868 mm (35 inches)                                      2. 1990-409 mm (16 inches)
3. 2007-887 mm (36 inches)                                      3. 1991-476 mm (19 inches)
4. 2008-908 mm (36 inches)                                      4. 1996-396 mm (16 inches)
5. 2012-1038 mm (42 inches)                                    5. 2003-532 mm (21 inches)
6. 2014-931 mm (37 inches)                                      6. 2011-453 mm (18 inches)

Wettest 12 month period April 2012 to March 2013-1320 mm (53 inches)
(a drought warning was issued March 2012)

1. 1988 October/January 1989-471 mm (19 inches)
2. 2002 October/January 2003-430 mm (17 inches)
3. 2007 May/August-457 mm (18 inches)*
4. 2012 April/July-452 mm (18 inches)
5. 2012 October/January 2013-413 mm (17 inches)*
6. 2013 December/March 2014-419 mm (17 inches)
*highlights the Brailes floods July 2007 and November 2012

1. 1999 January-130 mm            8. 2007 July-167mm*
2. 2000 April-164 mm                  9. 2012 August-159 mm
3. 2000 October-130 mm          10. 2012 April-146 mm
4. 2002 October-145 mm          11. 2012 July-125 mm
5. 2004 August-146 mm            12. 2012 November-144 mm*
6. 2004 October-146 mm          13. 2013 October-145 mm
7. 2007 May-133 mm                  14. 2014 January-170 mm
*Brailes floods of 2007 and 2012

1. 1988 June-30 mm                      9. 2007 May-70 mm
2. 1992 January-35 mm              10. 2007 July-93 mm*
3. 1998 April-35 mm*                  11. 2010 August-35 mm
4. 2002 July-35 mm                    12. 2010 August-40 mm
5. 2003 July-37 mm                    13. 2012 November-32 mm*
6. 2003 December-45 mm          14. 2013 October-38 mm
7. 2006 May-45 mm                    15. 2013 December-30 mm
8. 2006 November-35 mm          16. 2014 October-35 mm
*Brailes floods of 1998, 2007 and 2012

The drought warning of March 2012 could go down with the “no hurricane” comment of the
15th October 1987 as a big “we got the forecast wrong”.
The warning was issued because in the previous 18 months, October 2010 to March 2012, the total rainfall was only 693 mm (28 inches). The previous similar “drought” was October 1995 to March 1997 where rainfall was only 689 mm (27 inches)- see “driest years 4 and 5 above”. So the warning was issued because the water table was extremely low and the forecasted demand for water would not have been met.
Then we had the wettest 12 months, also see above.
So nature averages out in the short term, 2/3 years, but over this longer period nature is getting wetter. The older members of the Parish, like myself, who reminisce of the hot, balmy, summers of our youth can, based on the above stats, safely say that our memories are not playing tricks.

Ken Taylor
01608 686645