Canvey Island and the Scrutiny of The RISING TIDE of FLOOD RISK!

We were present to witness Essex County Council Highways representative, holding his hands up in apology for his agency’s failure to carry out adequate drainage clearance, leading up to the Canvey Island flooding during the summer of 2014.

He made a promise, in public during the Castle Point Council Scrutiny meeting into the causes of the 2014 floods, that this would not happen again and that regular maintenance would be carried out so as to prevent a repetition of the Surface Water Flooding that so many residents suffered.

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Canvey residents are now seeing that words are cheap, and the results of the continued lack of ECC Regular Drainage Maintenance allowing drains and road gullies to become silted up. The previous regime of maintenance, in which operatives will attend if residents make repeated calls for action, appears to remain the norm!

This is asking for trouble on a basically flat Island with a “complicated” drainage system reliant on gravity to feed water to the pumping system.

Climate Change deniers amongst those in positions within local authorities, are blind to the changing weather patterns and rising sea levels. They abstain from making difficult decisions on the Distribution of Housing Growth, and delay from investing adequate resources in Flood Defences, compare Dutch standards with our own.

Human nature directs them to rely on the chances of a Flooding Event occurring is less likely than, more likely. A Carry on Building Regardless policy, with increasing population being put at Risk!

And yet these local decision-makers should know full well that the insurance umbrella by the name of FLOOD Re, will NOT cover dwellings built since January 2009!

FLOOD Re representatives explained that their product was not intended to encourage development within Flood Risk areas, quite the opposite, it was intended to encourage more sensible and safer development site selection.

“Historical data shows that the proportion of residential properties located in an area previously subject to a flood event was on average 5% per local authority in England and Wales.

The question is: why, when most experts agree that the number of severe weather incidents is only likely to increase as a result of climate change?”

Unfortunately Local Plan Policies drawn up by Castle Point Council prefer much, much higher percentages than 5% when selecting sites for their Housing Growth Distribution!

Emanuela Barbiroglio writes in her article “The Rising Tide of Flood Risk” for Property Week;

Councils also receive advice from the Environment Agency, which comments on all proposals for major development in areas at medium or high risk of flooding. It says that with the majority of such planning applications its advice is taken on board.

And yet we should all be aware that Castle Point Borough Council have come to an arrangement with the Environment Agency where Canvey Island is considered a “Special Case” where development in a Flood Zone 3 is concerned!

The Environment Agency leave CPBC to take the final decision on concerns over Tidal and Surface Water Flood Risk, and Residents Safety and well being, and the development’s safety are concerned!

Emanuela Barbiroglio’s enlightening article, “The Rising Tide of Flood Risk” can be found via this LINK.

The Canvey Multi Agency dedicated Flood web site can be found via this LINK, although much appears stuck in 2015! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 responses to “Canvey Island and the Scrutiny of The RISING TIDE of FLOOD RISK!

  1. Editor
    Should we be taking any comfort from Essex County Councils Community Risk Register?
    The Community Risk Register provides information on the emergencies that may happen in Essex. There is also an assessment of how likely they are to happen and the impacts if they do. This includes the impacts upon people, property, the environment and local businesses.
    Purpose
    This document is designed to raise awareness to the risks for Essex, so you are able to consider actions you can take to be better prepared in your homes, communities and businesses.
    Risk analysis assists emergency services, local authorities and other organisations to plan a robust joint response.
    The Community Risk Register aims to help agencies make decisions on emergency preparedness, and will help develop better multi-agency relationships.
    Any gaps in capability or capacity can be identified and dealt with enabling plans to be developed, ensuring the appropriate response to any incident.
    This is a must read document with the knowledge that an incident response planned for, is proportionate to the risk.
    In other words if the likelihood of an incident, of what ever nature, is low the response plan for such an event will not necessarily be adequate.
    There seems to be little or no consideration being planned for at County or Local level toward the issue of consequence.
    If there was, why are planning application for developments still being passed on a Zone 3A flood plain and within the hazard range of an industrial accident.
    Both of which are viable types of incidents which could occur on Canvey Island.

  2. Margaret Robertson

    Attached is an example of drainage maintenance – it is at a bus stop at Normans Road the pavement of which dips down to a wall. The theory is that the water drains away but the fact is a mini flood occurs if much rain comes.
    Going around on my scooter I see quite a few examples of this, but have chosen this one to photograph as it is one of the worst. Hope it’s a bit of help with evidence of the lack of the promised maintenance. 

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