Canvey Flooding, safe escape route too Congested?

Canvey residents are often questioned whether they are scaremongering when they express concerns over flooding and emergency issues. Now we learn through the Echo that CPBC’s own emergency planner has expressed concern that both the Environment Agency and the Lead Local Flood Authority remain concerned over potential flooding issues at Persimmon’s proposed development at the Dutch Village Canvey.

Floods 2014 pic via Police Helicopter

View of Canvey Island flooding from Police Helicopter July 2014

This apparent “good news” must be treated with some caution as the developer appears confident that the concerns can all be addressed.

The cpbc emergency planner has requested a copy of the evacuation plan, although a copy can be found on the cpbc planning portal.

Extracts from the developer Persimmon’s emergency Evacuation Plan may be of interest;

“The developer’s reasonability (Freudian slip, perhaps?) will end upon completion of the construction of the site.”

“Residents should remain in their dwellings until the emergency services or statutory bodies have advised that it is safe to leave. This could be for a pre-longed period of time (days rather than hours).”

“Whilst occupants can potentially remain at the site services such as water supply, sewerage, electricity and gas will be affected in the area and occupants are unlikely to be able to use these facilities”

The “Safe Escape Route” is indicated as being via Canvey Road to Waterside Roundabout and onto Canvey Way.

It has already been assessed, although not included within the Local Plan Evidence base, that an Evacuation of Canvey Island might take 19 hours.

The continued development in areas prone to flooding is an abuse, by developers and local authorities of the Flood RE insurance scheme.

Surely the continued intention of castle point council to increase the numbers of people at Risk of Flooding must be considered unacceptable.


Echo newspapers coverage can be viewed via this LINK.


2 responses to “Canvey Flooding, safe escape route too Congested?

  1. How are Permission able to identify an escape route in their Emergency Plan when none is detailed in the CPBC Evacuation Plan? Surely they must use information provide by the local authority in their plans which is impossible in this instance.

    Tidal flooding, should there be a breach of the sea defence, is known to have a potentially catastrophic outcome for the existing community of Canvey Island. Despite being described as a substantial barrier a considerable part of Canvey’s sea defence remains as a made up mud embankment.
    Climate change is expected to increase this risk over the coming decades. The effects are well documented and include rising sea levels and more frequent periods of heavy rainfall, increasing the risk of flooding.
    When considering new development proposals it is necessary to take account of the potential impact of climate change over the lifetime of the development. Residential development is assumed to have a lifetime of 100 years, while a lifetime of 75 years is assumed for non-residential developments.
    To ensure future development can provide a safe and secure living and /or working environment throughout its lifetime, national planning policy requires proposals in areas of high flood risk to be accompanied by an assessment of flooding consequences to and from the development, taking into account the impacts of climate change.
    Canvey Island has been described as being a special case in that because it is a defended flood risk area development is considered to be justified. However never has it been seen to be necessary to undertake a “Potential Impact and Consequence Assessments” even though it has been deemed logistically impossible to evacuate its community to higher ground.

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