The first Saturday of 2015 brought some rainfall to Canvey Island. Whilst nowhere near as heavy as August 2013, or July 2014, there were enough large puddles around the Island to indicate that further ongoing work is required from the main agencies responsible for the drainage system.
A pumping vehicle had responded to a gulley in St Michaels, whilst Limburg Road having received attention remained slow to drain away. Craven Avenue, at Jones’ Corner proved a hazard to pedestrians collecting their daily paper as they dodged the spray from passing vehicles.
Whilst the agencies can be observed working around the area, practical remedies are being undertaken, which is what is needed. The time for words and broken promises has long passed.
The issues of Canvey drainage will not go away whilst the Integrated Urban Drainage study is being undertaken.
However Castle Point Council can be seen to continue to act irresponsibly.
The Local Plan remains unchallenged, more development planned for Canvey in the Plan; Thorney Bay large development proposals coming forward for consideration.
Essex County Council, Essex Highways, Anglian Water and the Environment Agency were all criticised for their part in the flooding last summer.
Strange to note that the one authority on hand, with local knowledge and expected to be acting on behalf of local residents, Castle Point Council, remain unchallenged on their part in the flooding!
There can be no doubt that should a rainstorm similar to the 1 in 316 year event re-occur in the area, many people and properties will suffer.
Only following the Urban Drainage study can an educated “guess” be made on what impact new large housing development on Canvey will have on the drainage system
Before the drainage study is completed you will be considered a FOOL to under write approval for large scale development on Canvey.
Over to you CPBC planning authority and Local Plan Task and Finish group members!