Amended 15/6/2015  You are here: Jubilee River Home Page > Jubilee River - key facts > The Jubilee River Story - 0001 > Index >  How to contact me > Jubilee River guided tours

 < FIRST PAGE    < PREVIOUS PAGE      NEXT PAGE >      INDEX >     ARCHIVE INDEX >   NFPP

The Jubilee River story (0948w)   UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Election - Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

Wraysbury and Datchet Parish Councils - 7th May 2015

There was no election for Wraysbury Parish Council because insufficient interest led to only 10 nominations for 11 vacancies.

In contrast Datchet Parish Council attracted 23 nominations for 15 vacancies.

Of the 15 previous members of Datchet PC, 3 did not seek re-election and 6 lost their seats at the election.

Datchet Parish Council voting ranked by result is shown below but do not be confused by the 'Description.'

Grey, Muir and Bicknell are all Conservative Party Candidates who chose to appear without a description.

The two O'Flynns are Liberal Democrats who chose to appear as 'Datchet Resident'

My understanding is that these five individuals (Grey/Muir/Bicknell and two O'Flynns) support the development of the new nine pitch gipsy site on Green Belt flood plain behind the houses in Horton Road, Datchet.

 

Members of the previous 2011/5 council are shown in red bold

     

7/5/2015

       
Surname Other names Description Results Elected
Grey Jesse Peter   959 Elected
Larcombe Ewan Charles William National Flood Prevention Party 952 Elected
Barnes-Taylor Pamela Resident 909 Elected
Muir Gary   892 Elected
Darban Lisa Victoria   888 Elected
O'Flynn Tim Datchet Resident 856 Elected
O'Flynn Linda Margaret Datchet Resident 854 Elected
Clasper Harry Independent Resident 810 Elected
Darban Peter Danny   768 Elected
Verma Amit Pal   699 Elected
Thompson Ian   689 Elected
Davies Monica Ann Independent 687 Elected
Clemens Andrew John   674 Elected
Fitzgerald Kate Independent 615 Elected
Stickland Jo   547 Elected
Goldie Jack   544  
Firth Christine Celeste   532  
Jamieson Parvis   532  
Lyons-Davis Donald   525  
Fitzgerald Mary Margaret   497  
Wren Evelyn Freda   431  
Loveridge Dennis John   375  
Bicknell Phillip Leonard   239  

 

What the party campaign literature does not tell you!

 'Councillors try to stop planning inquiry'

What do you know about Datchet Ward and Parish Council nominations?

NEWSWill these people represent you?

I am standing for election to the RBWM (Horton & Wraysbury Ward) and Datchet Parish Council on 7th May 2015.  I believe the Jubilee River by-passes the natural attenuating features of the river and consequently exacerbates downstream flooding.  As early as 1992 the Inspector reported that the hydraulic models were ‘optimistic’.  The channel is sub-standard in design and construction and consequently unable to carry its design capacity.  Channel operation is questionable.  Below is an image of me at the Myrke embankment in Datchet.  This structure has insufficient bend radius and is steadily degrading having already been rebuilt in 2004 at a cost of £1.3m. 

My concern is that history is about to repeat itself with the section of the planned £300m River Thames Scheme that passes through Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury.   The £300m is based on 2009 costings consequently I suspect that by 2025 the actual cost will be in excess of..............

£1,000,000,000.

How to contact me

Some key elements of the Jubilee River and the current River Thames Scheme are shown below.......... 

These include MWEFAS shortcomings and River Thames Scheme annual expenditure profile and timings.

Appendix B - The Leaders Meeting Financial Update - the truth about development is revealed!

Extracts from Minutes of the Extraordinary Parish Meeting - Wraysbury - 12th March 2014

 

You can locate a fairly detailed but relatively incomprehensible copy of the latest River Thames Scheme map via the link at the bottom of the page but for convenience I have placed a segment of an Environment Agency Map below.

My Draft Flyer 1 - A5 - double sided is shown here:-

The River Thames Scheme -

The Datchet, Horton & Wraysbury proposal

The ten year and £300m River Thames Scheme includes three new 50m wide channels, the Desborough Cut widening and some weir improvements further down stream.

The Datchet, Horton & Wraysbury channel alone requires seven new bridges, a number of flow control structures, various inverted syphons and many miles of embankments. Passing the channel through the gravel pits will at best be ‘challenging’ and I predict that there will not only be many years of disruption but also a long list of unintended consequences. This scheme may affect the value of your home or business, your insurance and even your lifestyle.

To find out more please visit my website at www.jubileeriver.co.uk and/or the NFPP Page

Election – May 7th 2015

Ewan C W Larcombe National Flood

Prevention Party

X

Printed and published by Ewan Larcombe, 67 Lawn Close, Datchet SL3 9LA

e-mail ewan@nfpparty.org or ewan@jubileeriver.co.uk

Tel. 01753 544302 Mob. 07968 661431

 

Land Drainage Failure!

Our politicians decree that ‘flood risk management’ now takes priority over maintenance of the existing national land drainage infrastructure. Are you aware that no authority has a legal duty to maintain or improve the flood water conveyance capacity of the River Thames?

You may know that the Environment Agency spent £110m of public money on the sub-standard MWEFAS (now called Jubilee River) flood alleviation scheme that fell apart on first use in 2003. Repair costs totalled about £5m. The Environment Agency diverted flood water onto defenceless villages down stream while Windsor, Eton and Maidenhead were saved as intended! You may not know that the Jubilee River is incapable of carrying its design capacity and that the Environment Agency won an out-of court settlement of £2.75m from the designers for sub-standard design and construction! The Environment Agency also failed to incorporate the series of recommendations from the 2004 FRAG Report into the MWEFAS Operating Procedure.

The River Thames flooded TWICE in early 2014 resulting yet again in significant damage and disruption. Consequently I have no confidence in the ability of the Environment Agency and the politicians to maintain or operate the existing channel let alone design and construct three more. I will continue to campaign for improvements in channel monitoring, control and containment.

I will also try to ensure that history does not repeat itself!


My Draft Flyer 2 - A4 - folded (four pages) is shown below:-

The ‘F’ word – a cause for concern?

A message from Ewan Larcombe

National Flood Prevention Party

I believe the Jubilee River exacerbates downstream flooding and is an embarrassment to the authorities. It is also an outstanding example of responsibility without accountability. As early as 1992 the Inspector reported that the hydraulic models were ‘optimistic’. The channel is sub-standard in design and construction (and consequently unable to carry its design capacity) and the channel operation is questionable.

Having set up the Jubilee River web site in 2006 I have given many presentations and guided tours highlighting the shortcomings of the Environment Agency’s MWEFAS project and associated political failings.

The River Thames Scheme is being planned now and I do not wish to see history repeating itself. YOU are paying for a new project that may affect the value of your home or business, your insurance and even your lifestyle.

To find out more please visit my website at

www.jubileeriver.co.uk and/or the NFPP Page

Election – May 7th 2015

Ewan C W Larcombe National Flood

Prevention Party

X

 

 

The Jubilee River

Built by the Environment Agency and previously known as the Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood Alleviation Scheme this £110m public money project was conceived in the 1980’s, approved in 1995 and opened in 2002. The 50m wide by 12km long bypass channel takes flood water out of the Thames upstream of Maidenhead. With a maximum capacity of about 180 cubic metres per second the flood water travels along the channel via a series of flow control structures and is reintroduced into the Thames at Datchet. On first use in January 2003 the Environment Agency diverted flood water onto defenceless downstream villages while Windsor, Eton and Maidenhead were saved as intended!

The brand new channel suffered significant damage during the 2003 event and repair costs totalled about £5m. The Environment Agency won an out-of court settlement of £2.75m from the designers for sub-standard design and construction. The Environment Agency then failed to incorporate the series of recommendations from the 2004 FRAG Report into the MWEFAS Operating Procedure.

The River Thames FLOODED TWICE in early 2014 resulting yet again in significant damage and disruption downstream of Windsor. Further serious channel damage occurred both upstream and downstream of the Taplow Flow Control Structure and at Black Potts in Datchet. Today the Jubilee River continues to degrade and is incapable of carrying its design capacity. Consequently I have no confidence in the ability of the Environment Agency and their political masters to maintain or operate the existing channel let alone design and construct three more. I will continue to campaign for improvements in channel monitoring, control and containment. I will also try to ensure that history does not repeat itself!

 

The River Thames Scheme -

The Datchet, Horton & Wraysbury proposal

This ten year and £300m River Thames Scheme includes three new 50m wide parallel channels, the Desborough Cut widening and some weir improvements further down stream. The Datchet, Horton & Wraysbury channel alone requires seven new bridges, a number of flow control structures, various inverted syphons and many miles of raised embankments. I have reproduced below the relevant section of the latest Environment Agency map. As with the Jubilee River I confidently predict many years of disruption and a list of unintended consequences.

 

Ewan Larcombe

Born in 1950 I lived in Wraysbury (as did my parents and grandparents before me) until 1970. As the eldest of seven children I am pleased to say that many of my relatives still live there. After short periods of living in Slough and Langley I moved with my family to Datchet in 1977.

As a qualified engineer I worked at Ford Motor Co., EMI at Hayes and Graviners at Colnbrook prior to working in Wraysbury since 1994. I participated in the Horton Drain re-grading project and submitted evidence on the Wraysbury railway bridge collapse in the 1980s. I appeared at the six week MWEFAS Public Inquiry at Reading in 1992. I also have detailed knowledge of Grundon’s Pit issues on Staines Road and the 2006 Queen Mother Reservoir pipe failure. I raised the matter of the unauthorised disposal of 4,000 tonnes of food waste at Kingsmead pit in Horton with the authorities which resulted in a Court hearing and significant fine plus costs. I intend to submit evidence at the forthcoming Datchet green belt/flood plain planning inquiry and also the River Thames Scheme Inquiry due in about three years time. With a B.Sc. in Manufacturing Technology I am a long-serving member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (I.Eng MIET) and also the Chartered Management Institute. I joined the British Hydrological Society last year.

Published by Ewan Larcombe, 67 Lawn Close, Datchet SL3 9LA

e-mail ewan@nfpparty.org or ewan@jubileeriver.co.uk

Tel. 01753 544302 Mob. 07968 661431

Printed by CMYK Ltd., Sandown Court, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8BT

Draft Flyer 4

What do you know about Datchet

Ward and Parish Council nominations?

A message from Ewan Larcombe

National Flood Prevention Party

I believe the Jubilee River exacerbates downstream flooding and is an embarrassment to the authorities. I also believe your Councils should protect the Green Belt.

There are 23 nominations for 15 places on Datchet Parish Council and 5 nominations for 2 places on the Ward. The five individuals (named overleaf) support the development of the new nine pitch gipsy site on Green Belt flood plain behind the houses in Horton Road. Furthermore three of these individuals recently signed a letter from the applicants in support of a request to stop the Public Inquiry.

The same five individuals (standing for both Parish and Borough seats) fail to declare their political loyalty by using different descriptions dependent on which Council they are contesting!

To find out more please visit my website at

www.jubileeriver.co.uk or www.nfpparty.org

Election – May 7th 2015

 

Ewan C W Larcombe

National Flood

Prevention Party

X

 

Will these people represent you?

The five individuals (named below) support the development of the new nine pitch gipsy site on Green Belt flood plain behind the houses in Horton Road.

The same five individuals are using different descriptions dependent on which Council they are contesting!

Three of these individuals (highlighted in blue) recently signed a letter from the applicants in support of a request to stop the gipsy site Public Inquiry.

 

Name DPC Description RBWM Description
Phillip Bicknell   Conservative Party
Jesse Grey   Conservative Party
Gary Muir   Conservative Party
Linda O’Flynn Datchet Resident Liberal Democrats
Tim O’Flynn Datchet Resident Liberal Democrats

Published by Ewan Larcombe, 67 Lawn Close, Datchet SL3 9LA

e-mail ewan@nfpparty.org or ewan@jubileeriver.co.uk

Tel. 01753 544302 Mob. 07968 661431

Printed by CMYK Ltd., Sandown Court, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8BT

 

Further supporting information below:

March 2015 - RBWM is considering committing £285,000 per year for the next five years (total £1,425,000) towards the River Thames Scheme (Datchet to Teddington) partnership funding. The financial implications beyond 2015/16 are indicative and will be reviewed annually.

The River Thames Scheme annual expenditure profile based on 2009 costings and totalling approx £300m is shown below:

Year No. Financial Year £m
1 2015/16 7
2 2016/17 11
3 2017/18 12
4 2018/19 12
5 2019/20 20
6 2020/21 50
7 2021/22 50
8 2022/23 50
9 2023/24 43
10 2024/25 40
     
 

Approx total cost =

 £300

RBWM Appendix B is interesting (shown below with my highlights)

APPENDIX B: FINANCIAL UPDATE

RIVER THAMES SCHEME - LEADERS MEETING

9 January 2015

ITEM 1 - FINANCIAL UPDATE

SUMMARY

1. The Government has committed £220m towards the Scheme, the Thames RFCC

£29m and Surrey CC £1.5m. Further contributions of ~£52m are required, of which

£4.3m over the next 5 years to develop the scheme up to construction of the flood

channel.

2. Need to reach agreement with Councils for contributions to support the scheme

development over the next 5 years. This is required to send a strong message to

Defra that local councils are committed to the scheme in order to secure Defra

approval of the Strategic Outline Business Case early 2015.

BENEFITS

1. Examples of the most successful flood risk schemes are where flood risk is

secondary to a primary objective for economic growth and regeneration. This

approach has unlocked new funding streams elsewhere.

2. Benefit and opportunities workshops have been held with each local Council to

identify potential benefits. Tourism and leisure were consistent themes. This is an

excellent start from which we now need to build upon and find new funding streams.

3. Council Leaders are asked to support a wider vision to grow the local visitor

economy, promoting the area for tourism, recreation and leisure. Development in

the form of marinas, hotels and infrastructure may be needed to be brought forward

with the scheme to promote and develop the visitor economy.

Source document::  meetings_150326_cab_thames_appxB .pdf

 

 'What the party campaign literature does not tell you!'

Details on development on Green belt and/or flood plain in Datchet.......land behind Horton Road, Datchet and funding

What the Conservatives said.......

'worked hard to promote the best interests of the local residents'

On the proposed channel.......'will lobby for work on the design phase to be finished in less than 3 years and that Flood Relief scheme should be finished ASAP'.

What the Conservatives did not say......about the River Thames Scheme........

'Examples of the most successful flood risk schemes are where flood risk is secondary to a primary objective for economic growth and regeneration. This approach has unlocked new funding streams elsewhere.'

Development in the form of marinas, hotels and infrastructure may be needed to be brought forward with the scheme to promote and develop the visitor economy.
 

What the Conservatives actually did.....

What the Liberal Democrats said......

Examples of double standards on planning applications

Description and images of encroachment, rubbish and horses on Land at Mill Place (owned by RBWM and leased to Datchet Parish Council)

Description and images of commercial operations behind houses in Horton Road, Datchet...........

 

Planning inquiry........development on green belt/flood plain in Datchet.

NEWS Now going to Public Inquiry - 9 June 2015

    Datchet Parish Council and RBWM are supporting development on green belt/flood plain land.

    1 May 2014 - RBWM Planning Application 14/01370/FULL - Land At Datchet Common Horton Road Datchet Slough for the use of land as a gypsy and traveller site consisting of 9 x pitches, 5 x utility buildings, play area, warden's office and associated works.

Link to RBWM Planning - http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/pam/view.jsp?ID=14%2F01370%2FFULL

Link to Datchet Common Community Group

Below is a copy of page 1 of a letter from the applicants and signed by some RBWM Councillors requesting that the Secretary of State reconsiders his decision to 'call in' the planning application.  In particular you will note that Cllrs. Bicknell, Grey and Muir all signed the document.  The original seven page document may be found on the RBWM Planning web site.

 

 

 

 

 

Published by Ewan Larcombe, 67 Lawn Close, Datchet SL3 9LA

e-mail ewan@nfpparty.org or ewan@jubileeriver.co.uk

Tel. 01753 544302 Mob. 07968 661431

 

 

Extracts from Minutes of the Extraordinary Parish Meeting -

Wraysbury School - Wednesday 12th March 2014

5.    ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

Howard Davidson

The South-east Director of Operations at the Environment Agency (EA) explained that he also had been in contact with many affected residents. He praised the efforts of the Wardens and other volunteers. He described the weather events which caused the floods as ‘extraordinary’, where the region had received the equivalent of over 80% of annual rainfall in less than a month. It was suggested that it was a one in two hundred and fifty year event, where river flows were more than double the flood of the events in 1894 and 1947, combined.

Julia Simpson

The West Thames Area Manager outlined the timetable of events and warnings issued by the EA. She explained that the EA had worked 24 hours a day seven days a week, in partnership with other agencies such as local authorities and the Army.

She explained that the Jubilee River (JR) channel had been operated a number of times since November 2013, to manage the flow of water. It had operated 25 times since November, contrasted with three operations in the previous decade. The EA used gates to control the flow within the JR. This was monitored by gauges, as well as spotters, to ensure the channel itself did not flood.

The JR water re-joined the Thames in a similar way to a backwater. The water was of no greater volume than if it had remained in the Thames itself. The JR was not used as a reservoir to hold water back.

A Datchet resident [Ewan Larcombe] was permitted to address the meeting. He expressed a view that the Jubilee River (JR) channel did not carry its design capacity. He also echoed other residents’ concerns that the channel was operated at midnight and 1am, and that this meant the impacts further downstream were experienced in the early hours of the morning. He suggested that the EA’s use of hydrographs was designed to hide the data.

Link to source

The Public Inquiry into the MWEFAS planning application was held in Reading - October/December 1992 and reported in 1993

Here is the expert view of the Assessor: P Ackers - M Sc(Eng) FCGI FICE MIWEM MASCE - on the hydraulic models used to justify the scheme.

A scan of the original section of the report is produced below.  For a digital copy of the full Public Inquiry report, please contact me.

Extract from 1992 Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood Alleviation Scheme Public Inquiry - Report to Minister.

15.  Further aspects of hydraulic performance

15.1. It would be very embarrassing to all concerned if the intended discharge capacity of the FRC (1) was not achieved.  Thus the hydraulic computations are particularly important, and in this context the sensitivity of the channel to the roughness coefficients used and the method of dealing with two-stage channels implicit in the modelling are dominant issues.

This is the largest fluvial flood alleviation scheme ever to be carried out in the Thames region, and any deficiency in capacity would bring wide-spread – and justified – criticism.  It would be the largest man-made river to be created in the UK with full regard to the latest policies regarding environmental enhancements.

The question of the flow capacity likely to be obtained is not an issue that can be clouded over in the hope that design tolerances could later explain away any deficiency.  It is my firm view that there is no room for retaining optimistic assumptions in the hydraulic design:  in view of the novelty and scale of environmental enhancements proposed, some conservatism, some consideration of tolerances on assumptions is necessary.

Assessor: P Ackers - M Sc(Eng) FCGI FICE MIWEM MASCE

(1) [Flood Relief Channel now called the Jubilee River]  Jubilee River - MAP (EA) 163Kb.pdf   

Scan of original document below:

Links to various documents

MWEFAS/Jubilee River 

The Datchet Parish Council view - August 1991

The Datchet Parish Council view - Oct 1991

The Datchet Parish Council view - May 1992.

The 1992 Public Inquiry - Inspector's Report on hydraulic models - 'it would be very embarrassing'

RBWM - River Thames Scheme - Update - 28/2/2015 - Lower Thames Scheme Report.pdf

RBWM - EA River Thames Scheme Map (3.85Mb) - meetings_150326_cab_thames_appxA.pdf

RBWM - River Thames Scheme - Leaders Meeting - 9 January 2015 - Financial Update - meetings_150326_cab_thames_appxB .pdf

A Letter to the Prime Minister about main river maintenance with response - March 2015

JR known to be flawed before 2003 flood event (6 May 2004)

Added 9/4/2015 - Datchet/Horton/Wraysbury channel - draft route plan dated Dec 2014 (warning - large file 13Mb)

https--www.gov.uk-government-uploads-system-uploads-attachment_data-file-412079-Flood_channel_section_1.pdf

Land

How to contact me