AFTER FLOODS:
MINISTER MEETS CAMPAIGNERS



The government’s Thames Valley Flooding envoy Philip Hammond has promised to look again at the formula for funding the River Thames Scheme.

The flood relief scheme between Datchet and Teddington on the non-tidal river would cost £250 million. The government has promised only £136 million with local authorities and private enterprise expected to pick up the tab for the rest.

Meeting representatives of the ThamesAwash campaign Mr Hammond said that he had asked the Environment Agency to look at the plans with a view to bringing forward the end date and that the current estimate was “a little under 10 years”.

Thames Awash quoted Mr Hammond, who is MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, as saying: “I believe the damage and disruption to business and critical infrastructure has been under reported and probably underestimated during these floods.

"The Partnership Funding model may not fully recognise the impact these floods had on businesses and public infrastructure right along the Thames Valley. It has to be a partnership scheme.”

He ruled out full funding by central government say campaigners.

ThamesAwash Chairman, Chris Bertram said: “Even if the process was started today and hurdles like planning and approvals were quickly crossed, the present plans still don’t deliver a flood solution until 2026 at the earliest.

"ThamesAwash and its fast growing group of supporters will not rest until the scheme is funded, the timeframes are made more realistic and we are satisfied the design doesn’t just move the problem downstream.”

"[The minister] was candid about the complexity of both the funding and construction phases but offered genuine support in pushing for a rapid and lasting resolution.”

ThamesAwash is appealing to everyone affected from Datchet down to Teddington to register their support. ThamesAwash registration is: http://thamesawash.com/register.aspx

The campaign's website is HERE

Story dated April 22nd 2014

 

   
 
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