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What's wrong with the Jubilee River? (and the Environment Agency)
'£110,000,000 of your money and no accountability.'
“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)
The Environment Agency spent £110m of public money on this flood alleviation scheme between 1996 and 2003.
A flawed concept, sub-standard design and construction, and mis-operation led to hundreds of homes downstream of Windsor flooding for the first time in over fifty years, a £5m repair bill and a £2.75m out-of-court settlement with the designers.
In January 2003 (at only 2/3rds capacity) almost every structure and embankment sustained damage.
The Jubilee River is still unable to carry its design capacity, and the Myrke embankment is still incorrect and degrading, and nobody is accountable!
And in Sept 2009 the EA announced a £300m scheme to build three new channels > LTFRMS Consultation
Seven years since Thames 2003 flood event, and still no honesty from the Environment Agency
May never be able to carry design capacity (215 cumecs)
Our money gone down the drain. A fine example of responsibility without accountability!
Channel fails to contain flood water even at relatively low volumes.
Existing gauge boards submerged (unreadable) at low volumes.
Water with nowhere to go causes flooding
Probability of flooding now increasing due to neglect of watercourses and flood defences
Money spent on flood defence reduces probability of flooding.
Insurance by post-coding is unfair - the critical feature is actually floor height
Changes in the law needed NOW - flood defence must be a 'DUTY' not just a 'responsibility'!
'Flood defence' must have priority over 'flood risk management'
All 'Main Rivers' and flood defences should be identified as 'CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE'
Environment Agency should be accountable to taxpayers.
Drains, watercourses and groundwater should be monitored locally (at Parish/Town Council level)
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