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The Jubilee River story - What's in a name?
When the name 'Jubilee River' was suggested, this is what I
DEFRA Room 309, Eastbury House
30-34 Albert Embankment, London SE1
11 November 2001
Ref: LDC 2380 - Jubilee River
I am writing to record my concerns,
indeed objections in respect of the adoption of the name Jubilee River to the
newly created man-made channel between Maidenhead and Datchet.
To use the word River is at best a
gross exaggeration, and at worst an offence under the Trade Descriptions Act.
This channel is a flood relief channel and should be identified as such. The
channel is not a natural feature that has developed over many decades or
centuries. The channel is also not navigable. Any water flow through the
channel is controlled, and indeed there may be times in the future when there is
no flow through the channel. How can this possibly be called a river?
To use the word Jubilee is just
opportunistic. Many millions of £'s of taxpayers' money was used to fund this
scheme. The channel may be an engineering marvel, designed to reduce the risk
of flooding in Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton, but it has been accepted that the
channel may cause floodwater to arrive in Datchet earlier, to rise more quickly,
and to finish at a higher level. What happens if such an event occurs, and the
Jubilee River is found to be the cause?
Finally, if and when the maps are
amended, can you please ensure that the parish boundary from the Myrke to Black
Potts (where the channel sweeps around into Datchet) is not relocated,
thus reducing the area of Datchet Parish.