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The Jubilee River story (0948t) -
River Thames Scheme (Datchet to Teddington)
A Letter to the Prime Minister about main river
maintenance (and a response)
An open letter to the Prime
Minister delivered on 10th March 2015.
Dear Prime Minister
Main River maintenance.
I realise that you are busy but
can you help me please? I live and work in Thames side villages
downstream of Windsor and my villages were flooded at least once last
year. Three of my siblings had flood water in their properties. Some
buildings have now been demolished and rebuilt at a higher level but
many local households are still out of their homes and some people will
I have received a copy of a
letter from the Environment Agency to Adam Afriyie MP which states ‘We
are by law granted permissive powers to carry out maintenance of main
rivers using funding provided by government, but have no legal duty to
I have highlighted the relevant sentence and
attached a copy for your convenience.
I am very concerned that apparently nobody has a
legal duty to maintain or improve the conveyance capacity of the
designated main rivers or their backwaters. Consequently the
Environment Agency disposed of the dredgers and the operators and closed
the disposal facilities (without consultation) some twenty years ago.
I find it incomprehensible that the EA can push on
with a £250m - 3 new parallel channel project (the River Thames Scheme –
Datchet to Teddington) when they have failed to maximise the capacity of
the existing land drainage infrastructure.
Maybe you can explain please why
the Environment Agency has no legal duty to maintain or improve the
conveyance capacity of designated main rivers?
Ewan Larcombe (NFPP Leader) 67
Lawn Close. Datchet SL3 9LA
letter to Adam Afriyie MP (attached to letter to Prime Minister)
from Downing Street (received 20th March 2015)
from Defra dated 30/3/2015 is two pages as follows:
response Page 2 of 2 below