Have your say on flood defences

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Kingston Residents are invited to attend an event to discuss the issue of flood defence in the borough.

The Council and the Environment Agency are working together on the River Thames Scheme, and have arranged an event for local communities to find out more about the scheme and share ideas on what it could look like.

Councillor Terry Paton, Cabinet Member with responsiblity for Resident Services at Kingson Council, said:

“There will be information on display and experts on hand to talk to. Everyone interested in flood resilience and defence work is invited to attend.

“We will be sharing information on how work has progressed since the Lower Thames Strategy was published in 2010 and visitors can also find out about the next steps and likely timescales.

“Although all the physical interventions – flood channels and weir works will take place outside of this borough, the project partners want to hear people’s views on what the new flood relief channels could look like, any concerns people may have associated with the scheme and how people would like to be kept up to date with progress.

David Murphy, Project Director for the Environment Agency, said:

“We really want to get local residents and businesses involved in the scheme, to hear their views on the proposals and explore what other benefits it could bring to the local area in addition to reducing flood risk to the homes and businesses at risk. This scheme will reduce flood risk right across the area and we need the support of the communities to make it happen.”

The Environment Agency and local council partners have been working with community groups in this area for many years to improve resilience to flooding. The River Thames Scheme will reduce flood risk to the 15,000 properties currently at risk between Datchet and Teddington. It will include construction of a flood channel in three sections, property level products to make homes more resistant to flooding, major and local flood plans and will provide other benefits to this area.

The Environment Agency is working with seven local councils to deliver the programme.

Residents who come to these events can also find out if they are at risk of flooding and what they can do in their own properties and communities to reduce the risk. Everyone attending the events will be invited to give us their views about the proposed scheme and to join a mailing list to receive regular updates on progress, invitations to future events and be notified of any consultations. More information from the Environment Agency can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/river-thames-scheme-have-your-say

The event in Kingston will take place at the YMCA, Hawker Centre, Richmond Road, Kingston KT2 5BH on Tuesday 8th September, 4pm – 8pm.  No booking is needed