As chair of the Parish flood committee Cllr Patterson has worked with local residents, the Parish Council and other authorities since the flood of December 2013 to reduce the risk of further flooding in the village.
Public meetings twice yearly have allowed residents, particularly those in the centre of Five Oak Green, to make their concerns clear to the authorities.
Since 2013 the drains in the centre of the village have been CCTV’d and blockages cleared.
The Environment Agency relined the culvert in the late summer of 2014 at a cost of half a million pounds.
The next stage is for the flood diversion scheme to be built. This would protect homes in Five Oak Green from river flooding. At the time of writing half of the money needed still needs to found. There is money available to the Parish from the developers of the solar parks. Cllr Patterson believes it is important that “a proportion of this money should be given to the scheme in order to encourage other larger bodies like the County Council and Network Rail to make a contribution. Around 100 HOMES in Five Oak Green are at risk from river flooding. This would protect them from flood risks of greater than 1 in 100 years”.