The internal Defra report on the July 2014 flooding at Canvey Island, states:-
“Further development is planned in a number of locations on Canvey Island.
This could cause increased surface run off and put further pressure on the drainage systems.
It may also increase the number of properties at risk of events such as this in the future.
Government planning policy requires that future development on Canvey must be made sufficiently flood resilient, and that development does not increase overall flood risk”
Will Castle Point Planning Officers, still intent on development on Canvey Island, sometimes by using their delegated powers, now reflect upon their actions, as failure to do so will have devastating consequences?
The clear message from the Environment Agency’s presentation during the CPBC Scrutiny Committee investigation into the July flooding, was – expect more of the same!
Gone are the days when senior Councillors and Planning Officer can hide behind the misconception that we have had our extreme 1 in 200 year event, so we don’t have to worry for some considerable time !
Also confirmed during the Environment Agency’s presentation was that our pumping capacity is for rain water only, and not as some would have you believe a Sea Defence mechanism !
Lets not kid ourselves our drainage system has not only been abused by inappropriate development – but neglected to the point that it is no longer functioning adequately.
We have Castle Point Council to thank for that!
We have yet to hear anyone from the Borough Council take the remotest proportion of the responsibility, and yet the cries of:
“its not our task to maintain the drainage system nor provide for emergency contingencies,” have been deafening !