RBWM Response to Wraysbury Parish Council Petition including YouTube link

RIVER THAMES SCHEME PETITION TO RBWM FROM WRAYSBURY PARISH COUNCIL

This is the link to the RBWM Council Meeting 27/4/2021 YouTube video

The subject starts at 31.40 with an introduction from the Mayor, the Officer and then Mrs Lenton.

The subject finishes at about 1.26.00

My condensed statement (as read) is below

 

AS PRESENTED      Statement for RBWM Council Meeting 27/4/2021

RTS PETITION FROM WRAYSBURY PARISH COUNCIL.

 

THANK YOU MR MAYOR.  FIRSTLY I MUST DECLARE THAT I AM THE OWNER

OF LAND AND BUILDINGS IN MY WARD.    DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS I WILL GIVE A CONDENSED VERSION OF MY SUBMISSION TO THIS MEETING AND THEN PUBLISH IT IN FULL AFTER THE EVENT.

I MUST THANK AND CONGRATULATE THE CHAIR OF WRAYSBURY PARISH COUNCIL – COUNCILLOR MRS LENTON – ON ACHIEVING THE 1,500 NAMES REQUIRED TO GET THE RIVER THAMES SCHEME PETITION CONSIDERED HERE.  I MUST ALSO THANK THOSE PEOPLE WHO ADDED THEIR NAMES.

WHEN I WAS ELECTED TO THIS COUNCIL IN MAY 2019 I THOUGHT MY OBJECTIVE HERE WAS SIMPLY TO SEE THAT THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY DID THE RIGHT JOB RIGHT THIS TIME?  I WAS UNAWARE THAT THE PROJECT WAS ALREADY FATALLY FLAWED.

I AM CONCERNED THAT AN ORCHESTRATED NARRATIVE IS BEING USED TO CAMOUFLAGE WHAT HAS ACTUALLY OCCURRED.  I HAVE EVIDENCE THAT THERE WERE DOUBTS ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP FUNDING OVER FOUR YEARS AGO.

I HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT CLLR HILTONS REPORT (AGENDA ITEM 6).  SECTION 2.3 ON PAGE 81 THIRD PARAGRAPH DOWN REFERS TO ‘THE CHANNEL WILL BE BUILT IN THREE SECTIONS’ BUT SURELY THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT AND LONG STANDING PROPOSAL THAT NOW EXPOSES THE NON-AVAILABILITY OF A £50M PARTNERSHIP FUNDING CONTRIBUTION FROM RBWM TOWARDS A £640M FLOOD ALLEVIATION PROJECT THAT COULD AND SHOULD HAVE BENEFITTED MANY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AT RISK OF FLOODING DOWNSTREAM OF WINDSOR.   AS A DESIGNATED NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT REQUIRING A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER – THE RIVER THAMES SCHEME HAS JUST LOST A SIGNIFICANT ELEMENT OF THE PROGRAMME.

MR MAYOR – THE PEOPLE OF MY WARD AND ELSEWHERE HAVE BEEN SOLD DOWN THE RIVER WHILE THE PEOPLE OF MAIDENHEAD, WINDSOR AND ETON HAVE ALREADY BENEFITTED FROM THE CONSTRUCTION OF THEIR FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME THAT WAS COMPLETED IN 2002. 

THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ORGANISED A ‘SPONSORING GROUP’ MADE UP OF COUNCILLORS AND OFFICERS ATTENDING MEETINGS IN ORDER TO PUT THE RIVER THAMES SCHEME FUNDING ARRANGEMENTS IN PLACE.  I REQUESTED COPIES OF AGENDAS AND MINUTES LATE LAST YEAR.

I AM NOT SURE WHEN THE FIRST MEETING WAS BUT I DO KNOW THAT AT A RIVER THAMES SCHEME (DATCHET TO TEDDINGTON) SPONSORING GROUP MEETING HELD ON 22 JUNE 2017 AT THE THAMES SUITE, WINDSOR LEISURE CENTRE THERE WAS NOT ONE SINGLE RBWM COUNCILLOR OR OFFICER IN ATTENDANCE.  THE MINUTES RECORD THAT RBWM HAD ALREADY INDICATED THEY WOULD BE ‘UNABLE TO COMMIT A CONTRIBUTION AT THIS STAGE’ AND THAT THE SPONSORING GROUP WERE ALREADY PREPARING A PLAN B. 

CLEARLY THERE WERE DOUBTS ABOUT THE PROJECT FUNDING EVEN THEN. 

MR MAYOR – IT APPEARS THAT THE ATTENDEES AT THIS MEETING ALREADY KNEW WHAT WAS COMING AND THAT’S NEARLY FOUR YEARS AGO.

MR MAYOR – IN MY OPINION THIS IS NOT A COVID RELATED PROBLEM.  AFTER THE CIPFA REPORT THE NEW COUNCIL LEADER APOLOGISED AND PROMISED A NEW ERA OF HONESTY, OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY – OH – AND COLLEGIATE WORKING.  I AM STILL WAITING.

IN CONCLUSION MR MAYOR – I HAVE THREE QUESTIONS AS FOLLOWS:

1)           WHEN DID COUNCILLORS FIRST KNOW ABOUT THE NEED FOR THE £50M PARTNERSHIP FUNDING CONTRIBUTION?

2)           WHEN DID RBWM ACTUALLY CONSIDER (AND RESOLVE AGAINST FUNDING) THE £50M PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTION? 

3)           WHAT IS THIS COUNCIL GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS PROBLEM AND WHEN?

THANK YOU MR MAYOR – I WILL NOW PREPARE MY SUBMISSION FOR THE PLANNING INSPECTORATE AND THEN WAIT PATIENTLY FOR THE NEXT ELECTION

 

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