On 27th September 2022 RBWM resolved as follows:
Since the Environment Agency took responsibility for managing the Thames and alleviating its flood waters, it has ceased the river dredging that had been in place for the previous 50 years.
It is believed that this has caused a decrease in capacity due to unmanaged silting, impacting on river navigation and the river’s capacity to contain flood waters.
- i) Requests that the Environment Agency resumes dredging of the River Thames within the boundaries of RBWM (especially the undefended reach between Black Potts and Bells Weir) to both ease navigation and increase the rivers capacity to hold water and therefore alleviate flood risk to our riverside communities.
- ii) Requests that the Environment Agency expedites its efforts (in working with RBWM) to bring forward its alternative plans for flood alleviation for the Black Potts to Bells Weir reach of the River Thames following the EA removal of Channel One from the River Thames Scheme in July 2019.
Please see YouTube extract – RBWM Council 27/9/2022 – Demand for Environment Agency to reintroduce dredging – 13 minutes
RBWM Council 27/9/2022 – Demand for Environment Agency to reintroduce dredging – 13 minutes