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.
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.