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The Environment Agency’s recommendations include spending some £300m of public money building three flood diversion channels, improving some existing  river weir structures, providing some localised protection for groups of houses and a range of other ways of managing the floodplain.

The Environment Agency published the Lower Thames Strategy Consultation (September 2009).  Unfortunately the Jubilee River further upstream (the main element of the £110m MWEFAS project that opened in 2002) is still unable to carry its design capacity (215 cumecs).  Design and construction failures resulted in £5m repair costs and a £2.5m out-of-court settlement.  The Myrke Embankment in Datchet is rapidly degrading yet again despite a £1.3m rebuild in 2004, and local watercourses are in desperate need of maintenance.  For over ten years the River Thames has not been dredged for flood defence purposes.  I have no confidence that the Environment Agency will maintain the water courses that they are responsible for........

My view is that in order to properly understand the Environment Agency LTFRMS proposal it is preferable to be aware of the history and consequences of the MWEFAS project (renamed Jubilee River in 2002).

Detailed Environment Agency LTFRMS consultation document (15 pages - 2Mb.pdf)

'For and against' the LTFRMS

LTFRMS - Lower Thames Flood Risk Management Strategy Consultation

(Three new channels - Datchet to Teddington - cost £300m)

This consultation closed 18 December 2009.

 

Links to Environment Agency consultation document

Lower Thames Strategy

Chapter 1: Introduction

You are at risk of flooding

Land and property near the River Thames has suffered from serious flooding for many years. In January 2003, heavy rain brought flooding to many areas of the River Thames downstream of Datchet. We listened to public concern that more should be done to address the issue of flooding and have come up with a plan to reduce flood risk in your area.

We have produced a draft Flood Risk Management (FRM) strategy for the Lower Thames from Datchet to Teddington. It sets out our preferred option for managing the risk of flooding in the area in the future. We would like to suggest a combined approach to reduce the risk of flooding. This document presents the studies we have carried out, the options we have considered and explains how we have arrived at our preferred option.

We are working with and involving people and communities that have experienced flooding or are at risk of flooding in this area. We would like to share the findings of our studies with you, so that you can tell us what you think. We welcome your views and comments, and we will take them into account in our final strategy for Government approval in 2010.

 

Lower Thames Strategy area
Lower Thames Strategy area (Popup full image) 

'For and against' the LTFRMS

Map - Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury - proposed LTFRMS channel route - Sept 2009 (4.67mB.pdf)

Extended consultation for Lower Thames flood plan
Tuesday, 01 December 2009
 

The Environment Agency has extended the deadline for responses to its Lower Thames Strategy consultation for a further two weeks, until 18 December.

The Agency said that the extension was as a result of much interest from local residents and community groups.

To date more than 2,000 people have attended the public exhibitions held across the Lower Thames area since October to find out what the flood plans, which aim to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 15,000 homes and businesses along the Lower Thames,mean to them and to make comments that will help finalise the strategy.  Residents, local groups and business owners are still being urged to register their opinions on the website www.environment-agency.gov.uk/lts.

Innes Jones, Area Manager for the Environment Agency, said:

“We have had a fantastic response so far, and it is great to see a large number of local people taking an interest in their community and giving us such valuable feedback. All responses from the community are taken on board and will help to finalise the strategy before we submit it to Defra.

“Each option in the consultation has been assessed against a range of economic, environmental and social factors to ensure the best solution for everyone. I hope that those who have not managed to comment will take this extra opportunity to visit our website, email or put their views in writing and tell us what they think. This strategy will play a major role in addressing the concerns of the thousands of people who live with the risk of flooding.”

Currently 15,000 residential properties within the Lower Thames floodplain from Datchet to Teddington are at risk of flooding from the River Thames in a 1% annual chance event.

The Lower Thames Flood Risk Management Strategy will tackle the risk of flooding to these properties within this area - one of the areas of highest flood risk in England.

The Environment Agency’s recommendations include building three flood diversion channels, improving some existing  river weir structures, providing some localised protection for groups of houses and a range of other ways of managing the floodplain.The public consultation documents are available in public libraries and local authority offices, or on the Lower Thames Strategy webpage.The strategy is available for consultation online at www.environment-agency.gov.ul/lts until 18 December.  Comments sent to lts@environment-agency.gov.uk will also be taken into consideration, together with written comments sent to the project team at Swift House, Frimley Business Park, Camberley, Surrey, GU16 7SQ.

(from 'Waterbriefing')
 

25/12/09 - Response to LTFRMS Consultation from Spelthorne

16/12/09 - Response to LTFRMS Consultation from G Bolton

15/12/09 - Response to the Consultation document on the Lower Thames Flood Risk Management Strategy (msWord 55Kb)

List of Datchet Parish Council objections to MWEFAS - May 1992 (word processed)

List of Datchet Parish Council objections to MWEFAS - first published May 1992

'It would be very embarrassing to all concerned..........'(1992 MWEFAS Public Inquiry extract)

Cost-reduction commenced as MWEFAS construction contracts were placed

15/6/06 - EA sues designers of failed JR flood defence (NCE)

7/5/08 - 'A monument to skills shortage' (Prof Knight)

'For and against' the LTFRMS

LTFRMS CONSULTATION DOCUMENT (closes 4 December 2009)

MAP - Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury - proposed channel route - Sept 2009 (High resolution 4.67mB.pdf)

The Environment Agency has published the Lower Thames Strategy Consultation (September 2009)

This consultation closed 18 December 2009.

Unfortunately the Jubilee River (the main element of the £110m MWEFAS project opened in 2002) is still unable to carry its design capacity (215 cumecs).  The Myrke Embankment in Datchet is rapidly degrading yet again despite a £1.3m rebuild in 2004, and local watercourses are in desperate need of maintenance.  For over ten years the River Thames has not been dredged for flood defence purposes.

“We know the Jubilee River works, there is no question about it. Nonetheless, the Atkins reviews do raise important concerns that the Environment Agency is addressing with urgency.” (Chris Birks - EA Thames region director - August 2004)

Cost-reduction commenced as MWEFAS construction contracts were placed

18/11/09 - Parish Councillor resigns over flood relief channel

7/11/09 - Flood Monitoring Report to RBWM (2.7Mb.pdf)

4/11/09 - Notes of EA LTFRMS consultation meeting 23/10/09 (Ian Thompson)

1/11/09 - Jubilee River - Myrke bend radius problem (EA cannot hide this one!!)

28/10/09 - e-mail ref Datchet and Wraysbury LTFRMS exhibition attendance

21/10/09 - Notes from EA Public Consultation held in Staines on 1st October 2009 (Ian Thompson)

14/10/09 - Datchet Parish Council leaflet - EA public meeting - 23/10/2009 (299Kb.pdf)

EA agrees £2.75m 'out of court' settlement for substandard MWEFAS design

10/10/09 - 'The Thames is just a drain'

7/10/09 - Environment Agency unveils plans for £300M Thames flood defence scheme (NCE)

5/10/09 - LTFRMS - Complete EA Environmental Report (3.4mB.jpg)

3/10/09 - Lack of Thames dredging (e-mail from H Purchase)

2/10/09 - Letter from Cllr C Rayner (RBWM) requesting LTFRMS responses

List of Datchet Parish Council objections to MWEFAS (now called Jubilee River) first published May 1992

Map of current proposal for Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury channel route Sept 2009 (High resolution 4.67mB.pdf)

'For and against' the LTFRMS

25/9/09 - LTFRMS - '£300m scheme' and 'Deja vu' (Express)

25/9/09 - e-mail about LTFRMS from Mr and Mrs Packham to Mr Clasper (Datchet PC)

25/9/09 - Joy as flood defence plan is revealed (Staines and Egham News)

Current proposal for Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury channel route (My map - Sept 2009)

30/8/09 - Technical paper on Lower Thames Strategy dredging (Conference - Reno USA - 2006)(214 Kb)

30/7/09 - Changing the way we engage... (EA)

25/7/2009 - EA fails to maintain Myrke Ditch and flood bank

Map of previously proposed Datchet/Horton/Wraysbury channel routes (Nov 2006)

Current proposal for Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury channel route (EA map - Sept 2009)

Detailed Environment Agency LTFRMS consultation document (15 pages - 2Mb.pdf)

 

September 2009 - Lower Thames Strategy announced (with meeting dates and venues)

The Environment Agency is now distributing the following leaflet (received 21/9/2009)

Below is the EA proposed Reach 3 flood diversion channel route

through Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury (sorry about the picture quality)

Below is my version of the proposed Reach 3 flood diversion channel route

through Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury

Detailed Environment Agency LTFRMS consultation document (15 pages - 2Mb.pdf)

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