Canvey drainage system – work still required. Local Planners to take note???

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!


One response to “Canvey drainage system – work still required. Local Planners to take note???

  1. .
    An internal DEFRA report dated October 2014 on the Canvey Island Flooding stated :- inter alia

    “In the wake of the August 2013 flooding, Essex County Council is working with Castle Point Borough Council, Anglian Water and the Environment Agency to develop an Integrated Urban Drainage (IUD) model for Canvey Island. The aim is to give a detailed representation of the sewer, main river and highway drainage network on the island to support an improved response to flooding. The project aims to map and establish ownership of the whole drainage system on Canvey. The project is expected to be complete by spring/summer 2015.
    Currently there does not seem to be a sufficient evidence base on the condition of Canvey Island’s drainage system to form the basis of developing robust options on how it might be improved. It is important that the IUD project provides this evidence base and we agree with Sir Mark’s recommendation that the design of the IUD project should be peer reviewed to ensure it provides a firm platform from which to develop options on how the drainage system on Canvey might be improved.”

    Despite this The Head of Regeneration at Castle Point Council stated that he did not recognise surface water flooding to be a constraint with regards to further development on Canvey Island, He stated that he expects the Water Authorities’ Assets ( meaning drainage system ) to be functional.

    I would suggest that it is quite clear that at this moment in time that Canvey Island does not have suitable for purpose Surface Water Management Plan. It would be irresponsible to allow for any further development on Canvey until the work identified by the Integrated Urban Drainage Survey, as being needed to provide a suitably functioning drainage system, has been undertaken. This is the least that the community of Canvey Island should expect from its Council.

    The result of the IUD will indeed be developed into a Site Specific Surface Water Management Plan, a requirement not identified as being a necessity by the Ruling Cabinet Members at Castle Point Council when they were presented with a SWMP for Castle Point Council. The Cabinet went onto commended this document as an excellent piece of work, as they celebrated that their aspiration for huge housing development on Canvey Island via the New Local Plan had overcome a major problem.

    It is easy to conclude that should residents suffer further or even future surface water flooding losses following additional development in their location, then they could be justified at looking no further than CPBC for retribution.

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