It is truly warming to see our senior councillors, council chief executive and other “dignitaries” in congratulatory mood having been recognised for what appears to be their sterling efforts looking into the flooding on Canvey Island during 2014.
This on the same day that the Echo reported just 53 households had come forward to claim assistance with the flood prevention measures through Government funding.
Those families seriously affected by the flooding will no doubt be pleased to have seen and heard what looks like a very nice reception held for these groups to receive their little bits of paper.
That the Castle Point Council Scrutiny into the flooding remains incomplete and unavailable for publishing a year and a half following the event appears irrelevant!
That the £24,500,000 required to correct the “broken” and “worst drainage system in the Country” is unavailable from Government, appears irrelevant!
That the National Planning Policy has been weakened giving more flexibility to sustainable urban drainage system responsibility, thereby encouraging more development on Canvey Island, appears irrelevant!
That the Canvey Island Integrated Urban Drainage study has been conceded as not being anywhere near as thorough as Canvey residents were led to believe it was going to be, appears irrelevant!
A little less corporate speak and a little more on-street action would give residents some element of confidence they will not get flooded again.
While gulleys remain uncleared, and funding unavailable, public servants would do well to keep themselves from being photographed looking quite so pleased with themselves.
Such is the lives of our local dignitaries and “multi-agency partners.
Credit for the text below goes to Essex Fire and Rescue. I will not sully this blog with the accompanying photograph.
National award for Canvey flood scheme
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has received an award as part of a multi-agency partnership that was set up to prevent surface water floods on Canvey Island.
The partnership received the ‘Resilience’ award in the ‘Long Term Funding to Prevent, Prepare and Respond’ category at the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport national awards ceremony.
The multi-agency, which includes Anglian Water, Essex County Council, Castle Point Borough Council, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the Environment Agency, won the award for its work tackling surface flooding on Canvey Island.
Following a storm and heavy rainfall on July 20, 2014, the partnership was set up to address problems with surface water floods on Canvey.
Since then, hundreds of people have received flood risk and prevention advice, over 5,000 gullies and 2,500 manholes have been checked and open local watercourses have been mapped out.
Station Officer Duncan Lewis, ECFRS Technical Fire Safety, said: “We have worked closely with our partners to protect people and property on Canvey Island from future floods.
“I’m delighted the work of our multi-agency partnership been recognised and we have been awarded such a prestigious award.
“ECFRS has invested time, effort and resource in creating a plan to reduce the risk of future flooding on Canvey Island.
“We have improved our operations and we have been educating residents and schools about the flood risks and giving flood prevention advice.”