Tackling the flood threat on a river-wide basis been named as one of the top priorities of the new River Thames Alliance.

The alliance, which was relaunched at a conference in Oxford recently, brings together local authorities from along the river as well as businesses, clubs and other organisations as a lobby group for the Thames.

A new waterways plan, which includes flood defences, is high on the list of the tasks for the RTA.

Its executive director Michael Shefras said:" It is an absolute disgrace that we have to have floods in 2007, and two floods this year to bring forward further discussion on the Lower Thames Flood Relief Plan after the 2003 disaster which was two centimetres less than January 2014 and 9cm more in February.

" We heard that there are other plans to protect Oxford but any plan not taking in a holistic view of the entire Thames would cause different communities problems.

 "Despite what the Agency are now on record speaking at public meetings, common sense will tell us that the Jubilee River does have an effect in causing problems from Datchet, Wraysbury down to Sunbury bringing the flood water down quicker and in larger volume as it saves Windsor and Maidenhead and not using the twelve miles or so between Boulters Lock and Romney Lock flood plain.Ground water around Wraysbury might not have been in the earlier research papers.

 "Quite correctly there is a head of steam being raised.   The EA’s statements made in good faith based on what they have been advised have to really be questioned as good science.

 "The entire Lower Thames Flood Relief Plan MUST be put into place as a matter of huge urgency and it is no good Treasury putting the onus on the EA through Defra and the Local Authorities. " 

Link to Thames Awash call for action HERE

Link to our earlier flood plan story HERE

Story dated March 19th 2014


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