A re-formed pressure group has stepped up calls for urgent action to prevent a repeat of the recent Thames floods.

Representaives have already met Government ministers following a public meeting and is now calling for the £250 million scheme to get the go-ahead.

ThamesAwash was originally set up after floods in 2003 amid fears that the Jubilee River built to protect the towns of Windsor and Maidenhead had contributed to problems downstream.

Recent flooding has resulted in renewed determination to push for the Lower Thames Scheme – flood relief measures from Datchet to Teddington.

A packed village meeting at Wraysbury, one of the worst-hit villages during the recent floods, was urged to fight for the scheme.

Later action group representatives met Defra floods minister Dan Rogerson and David Lees, the department’s Flood and Planning Response Co-Coordinator.

Mr Rogerson promised that lessons would be learned about the crisis, the effectiveness of the rescue and recovery efforts, and pledged his support for the earliest possible implementation of the River Thames Scheme.

The minister confirmed there is a provision of a £136 million central fund for the River Thames Scheme, protected through to 2019.

See more details of the scheme here.

But he reiterated that under a partnership model, local government and businesses need to find the £120m gap. As previously reported by River Thames News at least one council, Windsor and Maidenhead, has already said it will not contribute.

Defence Secretary and MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, Philip Hammond has been given the newly created position of minister responsible for flood recovery in the Thames Valley. He has agreed to meet ThamesAwash to hear the concerns about the funding and timing of a long-term solution.

Chris Bertram, Chairman of ThamesAwash said: “Both Defra and the EA agree that if the funding can be secured early there are opportunities to bring forward the vital completion date that matters so much to the people affected.

“ThamesAwash is appealing to everyone affected from Datchet down to Teddington to register their support. Over 2,000 people have already but it’s imperative that everyone interested registers with the site.

“Our objectives are clear. We want funding in 2014 and completion in 2020 and so far nobody is saying that can’t be done.”

ThamesAwash website link HERE.  

Flood defences 'to be Alliance priority'

Link to our earlier flood relief scheme story HERE

Story dated March 19th 2014


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