“Flood Free Homes” initiative, the “Tide of Change” for Canvey and Castle Point?

An initiative that should be of interest of every resident of Canvey Island and those affected by flooding in the mainland of Castle Point.
Those affected by the flooding during the summers of 2013 and 2014 are only now beginning to realise how Home Insurance premiums and excess charges are being affected for previous flood damage claimants.

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All new Canvey Island development proposals should, at the Environment Agency’s suggestion be subject to consideration as to whether insurance against flood is / will be, available for new properties at CPBC Development Committee stage.

This consideration is surpressed by officers and ignored by committee members. This must change!

Canvey residents have been under the myth that the drainage system forms part of the defence protection should the sea defence be over-topped or breached. The floods of July 2014 dispelled this myth!

The Environment Agency have no power to determine whether new Canvey development is safe during future flood events, this responsibility rests on the Planning Authority. Officers give advice and councillors vote in effect as to whether they wish to take responsibility for any future residents’ well being.

The CPBC emergency plan “Go in, stay in and tune in” is quite possibly totally inappropriate for bungalow and caravan dwellers, but in the circumstances of the layout of the road network and the fact that Canvey is at, or below sea level, the best they can come up with in the circumstances!

The Environment Agency Flood Alert scheme cannot give residents warning ahead of 2 of the 3 possible flood scenarios!

A sea breach cannot be forecast.

A rain storm similar to July 2014’s is impossible to forecast!

Only over-topping of the sea wall will receive a pre-warning signal!

Whilst they appear the villains of the peace, Insurance company action is the only likely action to halt the over development and the dense urbanisation of Canvey Island.

This is illustrated by the proposed major development at Thorney Bay. One application for upto 600 dwellings approved to outline stage, another Full application for 113 dwellings filed and due for determination in September.

All Canvey and Castle Point residents should sign up to show support for the Insurance initiative for Flood Free Homes via this link directly below:

http://www.floodfreehomes.org.uk/

the Association of British Insurers announced that it has launched a campaign for Flood Free Homes, ”supported by Friends of the Earth, Know Your Flood Risk, National Flood Forum, and the Property Care Association’s Flood Protection Group.”

The ABI said the aim of the campaign is “to raise the issue of long term flood defense investment and land and water management.” It is seeking to invest £1 billion [$1.511 billion] per year by 2025 to be spent managing flood risk in order to keep pace with climate change.”

It also hopes to see the adoption of a “zero tolerance of inappropriate new developments in areas at risk of flooding,” and to achieve a “cross party consensus on ambitious long term solutions that manage all types of flood risk.”

The announcement noted that “flooding has long been recognized as the greatest natural threat the UK faces. With Environment Agency data showing around 2 million homes in England and Wales at flood risk now from the rivers and sea, with over 500,000 of these at ‘moderate’ risk or greater, and around 2.4 million additional homes at risk of surface water flooding, we know this is a serious problem facing the country today.

“Without action to reduce the risk across the UK, the effect on our homes, businesses, communities, infrastructure and way of life is potentially devastating.”

Huw Evans, Deputy Director General at the ABI, said: “The need for this campaign to address the UK’s rising flood threat has never been more important. No action is not an option. Last winter’s floods highlighted the trauma and devastation flooding brings. How we manage our land and water has to become central to government decision making across the UK, whoever is in power.

“Without adequate long-term investment in flood defense protection that reflects the increasing threat, a zero tolerance towards building in flood risk areas and political agreement, too many communities will continue to live with the constant fear of flooding.”

Guy Shrubsole, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner, added: “With climate change pushing up flood risk, it’s vital that the government massively ramps up its investment in flood defenses and stops building homes on floodplains. It’s not right that the human and economic costs of climate change are pushed onto those most vulnerable to flooding – we need to tackle this huge problem together.”

Paul Cobbing, Chief Executive of the National Flood Forum, explained: “Flooding destroys lives as well a property. Managing flood risk should be a national priority across Government, with everyone playing their part and we still have a long way to go.”

Mary Dhonau, Chair of the Flood Protection Group Property Care Association and Chief Executive of the Know Your Flood Risk Campaign, said: “Extreme weather events are becoming too common place to be ignored, flooding is the biggest natural threat faced by the UK. We urgently need a cross party consensus for managing floods, one that will address all forms of flood risk, one with an ambitious long term goal that will embrace innovation and investment to reduce flood risk.”

Source: Association of British Insurers (ABI)

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3 responses to ““Flood Free Homes” initiative, the “Tide of Change” for Canvey and Castle Point?

  1. The issue of Insurance cover is well known to Castle Point Council the following is a reference from correspondence dated 18th December 2014.

    2014 Recovery- Severe Weather and Flooding.

    In this letter to the Department for Communities & Local Government dealing with the above, Castle Points Councils Chief Executive stated:-

    “the council have robust evidence to support the number of properties flooded in July this year – 1000 properties. However as these investigations continue more evidence is emerging of the extent of flooding- for a number of reasons such as difficulty in securing insurance cover residents are reluctant to come forward with this information. It is only as a result of direct contact has it been possible to arrive at this figure”

    Editor,the points you make are well justified.

  2. I attended the launch event for this campaign and signed up to it on the spot!

    Rebecca

  3. Roger blackwell

    Everybody knows what causes the flooding to many homes as simple as that.So let Castle point council do the right thing and support the residents and not the developers .

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