Spot the difference! Two Flooding Incidents, 11 months apart, Two Meetings of the Responsible Agencies!

View of Canvey Island flooding from Police Helicopter July 2014

View of Canvey Island flooding from Police Helicopter July 2014

The District News (Canvey Island) August 2014 Reported:

Following a meeting of the responsible agencies gathered to respond to the July 2014 flooding incident, David Marchant, Chief Executive Castle Point Borough Council,  said:

“All agencies agreed that it was important that we should work together to find a sustainable solution and provide reassurance to residents”

 

Less than one year earlier, following a Meeting of Responsible Agencies into the Severe Flooding Incident – Saturday 24th August 2013,

David Marchant, Chief Executive Castle Point Borough Council,  said:

“It was also agreed to issue a press release recording that this meeting had taken place and reflecting the agreement that all parties had agreed to work together to find a sustainable solution and provide reassurance to residents in responding to emergencies.”

The Canvey Green Belt Campaign are cautious in offering no comment, but retain a cynical outlook on whether any concrete improvements will be achieved.

However, sound bites appear to be no substitute for air brick covers!

Someone should really be monitoring these Multi Agency initiatives.

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One response to “Spot the difference! Two Flooding Incidents, 11 months apart, Two Meetings of the Responsible Agencies!

  1. This latest event was clearly predictable and comprehensively recorded as such within the draft New Local Plan document at “Evidence Base Canvey Island” page 178.
    I have to say that I find it incomprehensible that large scale development is still at this moment in time being proposed in the plan for Canvey Island. It would not be unreasonable to expect that if this remains the case a Planning Inspector will find the New Local Plan unsound.
    There is a plethora of evidence that will be produced arguing against further development on the flood cell of Canvey Island, during the Local Plans examination. Our MP Rebecca Harris recent condemnation of flood plain development was noted as a clear indication that she has been advised that it needed to be said. I am sure that some leading local councillors would have disagreed with her for various reason, however those individuals will need to reassess their own agendas if they want the New Local Plan to be found sound.
    It is clear that Canvey Island has critical drainage issues that will require substantial investment in the short to medium term. It is also apparent that it has been identified that Canvey’s Sea Defence infrastructure will require substantial improvements if it is to remain functional into the next century. We as a community have to face up to these issues and not as some would say have no need to be concerned. I have to question the head in the sand approach as being completely inappropriate, we should be looking for secured funding to deal with all these issues and certainly not accepting further development in the mean time.

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