The Government has refused to foot the whole £250 million bill for the Lower Thames Scheme - a flood prevention scheme between Datchet and Teddongton.

The Environment Agency has said it can fund half the cost but local authorities and the private sector must find the rest. Windsor and Maidenhead Council had asked the Government to pay for the scheme following trhe devastation of the recent floods.

But the council has now been told no more money is forthcoming.

Earlier more than 800 people attended a meeting to discuss flood prevention measures in Staines and in nearby towns and villages.

Representatives of district and county councils, the Environment Agency and emergency services made presentations to an often at times stormy meeting.

Notes on the questions and answers can be found HERE.

A video of the meeting will be available shortly from the Spelthorne Council website and we will be posting links here.

Before the main meeting at Spelthorne Leisure Centre a two-hour 'marketplace' was held when local residents could speak to representatives from the key flood agencies.

Among the presentations David Murphy, area flood and coastal risk manager for the EA, spoke about Lower Thames Scheme.

Read the Get Surrey newspaper report HERE

Link to local radio report on residents 'still waiting for answers'.

Story dated June 12th 2014


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