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Kingsmead Quarry slurry pits - Introduction and brief synopsis

This chronological story records the companies, authorities and individuals involved in (and their responses to) the Kingsmead Quarry slurry issue.

(Further details to be added here)

 

Synopsis:  The Thames Valley has many large areas of low-lying flood plain with a varying probability of flooding.  There are some records of 1947 flooding and  (Images of 1947 flooding in Wraysbury)

The MWEFAS (Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood Alleviation Scheme) was conceived in the 1980s with the objective of reducing the risk of flooding in Windsor, Eton and Maidenhead, and scrutinised at a Public Inquiry in 1992.

The project was authorised by the Minister in 1995 and renamed Jubilee River in 2002.

The main element of the project was a channel approximately 12km long and 50m wide constructed to carry flood water in parallel with the Thames.

The water is taken out of the Thames upstream of Maidenhead (Taplow) and put back into the Thames downstream of Windsor - at Black Potts in Datchet.

You can find the EA map of the Jubilee River here: Jubilee River - MAP (EA) 163Kb.pdf

The channel was damaged by flood water when used in January 2003 which resulted in 5m repair costs and a 2.75 out-of-court settlement for sub-standard design and construction.

Other facts and the truth about sub-standard flood defences, flood defence failures, neglect of watercourse maintenance (thus increasing the probability of flooding) are revealed.  Property insurance difficulties, continuing development on flood plain, responsibility without accountability and Environment Agency shortcomings are considered especially their shortage of both engineering and mathematical expertise.  

Having failed to maintain both the Thames and the Jubilee River, the Environment Agency is now planning to spend another 300m of public money on the Lower Thames Flood Risk Management Strategy. 

The proposed new channel runs through Kingsmead Quarry which has a few problems.........including the 1988 railway bridge collapse.

Recently (allegedly) large quantities of .......?....... slurry have been dumped into holes at the quarry.

Kingsmead Quarry is adjacent to a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone.

Click to view the  index page of Kingsmead Quarry slurry dumping story............