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Wake Up Canvey Islanders, decision making by those unaffected, could cost you Dear!

“You may wish to pretend that rising seas are a hoax perpetrated by scientists and a gullible news media.

Or you can build barriers galore.

But in the end, neither will provide adequate defence, the Dutch say.”

During a time when it has never been made more clear of the responsibilities poorly thought out advice and decision making by local authorities will eventually lead to the scrutiny such decision making deserves, a clear message, during this dry warm spell is issued via an article in the New York Times. So, those cpbc decision-makers claiming to be “living in the Real World,” climate change denyers, bent on over-crowding Canvey Island, take note of those living behind THE best sea defences in the World!


“From a Dutch mind-set, climate change is not a hypothetical or a drag on the economy, but an opportunity. While the Trump administration withdraws from the Paris accord, the Dutch are pioneering a singular way forward

It is, in essence, to let water in, where possible, not hope to subdue Mother Nature: to live with the water, rather than struggle to defeat it. The Dutch devise lakes, garages, parks and plazas that are a boon to daily life but also double as enormous reservoirs for when the seas and rivers spill over. You may wish to pretend that rising seas are a hoax perpetrated by scientists and a gullible news media. Or you can build barriers galore. But in the end, neither will provide adequate defence, the Dutch say.

And what holds true for managing climate change applies to the social fabric, too. Environmental and social resilience should go hand in hand, officials here believe, improving neighbourhoods, spreading equity and taming water during catastrophes. Climate adaptation, if addressed head-on and properly, ought to yield a stronger, richer state.

This is the message the Dutch have been taking out into the world. Dutch consultants advising the Bangladeshi authorities about emergency shelters and evacuation routes recently helped reduce the numbers of deaths suffered in recent floods to “hundreds instead of thousands,” according to Mr. Ovink. Mr. Ovink is the country’s globe-trotting salesman in chief for Dutch expertise on rising water and climate change.

“That’s what we’re trying to do,” he said. “You can say we are marketing our expertise, but thousands of people die every year because of rising water, and the world is failing collectively to deal with the crisis, losing money and lives.” He ticks off the latest findings: 2016 was the warmest year on record; global sea levels rose to new highs.

He proudly shows off the new rowing course just outside Rotterdam, where the World Rowing Championships were staged last summer. The course forms part of an area called the Eendragtspolder, a 22-acre patchwork of reclaimed fields and canals — a prime example of a site built as a public amenity that collects floodwater in emergencies. It is near the lowest point in the Netherlands, about 20 feet below sea level. With its bike paths and water sports, the Eendragtspolder has become a popular retreat. Now it also serves as a reservoir for the Rotte River Basin when the nearby Rhine overflows, which, because of climate change, it’s expected to do every decade.

The project is among dozens in a nationwide program, years in the making, called Room for the River, which overturned centuries-old strategies of seizing territory from rivers and canals to build dams and dikes. The Netherlands effectively occupies the gutter of Europe, a lowlands bounded on one end by the North Sea, into which immense rivers like the Rhine and the Meuse flow from Germany and France. Dutch thinking changed after floods forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate during the 1990s. The floods “were a wake-up call to give back to the rivers some of the room we had taken,” as Harold van Waveren, a senior government adviser, recently explained.”

“We can’t just keep building higher levees, because we will end up living behind 10-meter walls,” he said.

“We need to give the rivers more places to flow.

Protection against climate change is only as strong as the weakest link in the chain, and the chain in our case includes not just the big gates and dams at the sea but a whole philosophy of spatial planning, crisis management, children’s education, online apps and public spaces.”

Extract from New York Times. Link to complete article;

Fair Play for Canvey Island in the light of the Jotmans Decision or are we still a “Special Case”?

And the Necessity for Castle Point Borough Council to produce a Local Plan is?

“National planning policy places Local Plans at the heart of the planning system,”

Even so, the National Planning Policy Framework states as early as Paragraph 14;

“Local Plans should meet objectively assessed needs, with sufficient flexibility to adapt to rapid change, unless:

– any adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when assessed against the policies in this Framework taken as a whole;

or– specific policies in this Framework indicate development should be restricted. 9

Paragraph 14, Footnote 9 Reads; “For example, those policies relating to sites protected under the Birds and Habitats Directives (see paragraph 119) and/or designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest; land designated as Green Belt, Local Green Space, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Heritage Coast or within a National Park (or the Broads Authority); designated heritage assets; and locations at risk of flooding or coastal erosion.”

“so it is essential that they are in place and kept up to date. Local Plans set out a vision and a framework for the future development of the area, addressing needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure – as well as a basis for safeguarding the environment, adapting to climate change and securing good design.”

The Secretary of State’s decision to dismiss the Jotmans Farm Appeal in the light of the Inspector’s recommendation, raises some questions.

Is the Planning Inspectorate’s reading of the NPPF and Guidance similar to that of the Government’s?

There was agreement between the SoS and the Inspector that, Castle Point Council are only able to identify 0.4 years worth of the required 5 Year deliverable Housing Supply, this is an even worse supply than in 2013 when the SoS considered cpbc had a realistic housing supply of just 0.7 years!

In the case of the Glebelands 2013 Inquiry the SoS used a “totting-up” method of measuring harm to the Green Belt;

“the Secretary of State has identified moderate harm in respect of urban sprawl, moderate harm in respect of the merging of neighbouring settlements, and moderate harm to the visual appearance of this part of the GB.  The Secretary of State considers that together this represents a considerable level of harm. ”

” He also wishes to emphasise that national policy is very clear that GB reviews should be undertaken as part of the Local Plan process.”

So we appear to be in a situation where, as long as Castle Point council are in an apparent perpetual process of Local Plan making, the whole of the local Green Belt can be considered safe from development!

Residents should now be looking for a new, up to date cpbc Green Belt Review, based on the SoS’ guidance and embracing the protection afforded by Footnote 9 of the NPPF.

As was pointed out earlier in this post;

“Local Plans should meet objectively assessed needs, … unless: – ….  specific policies in this Framework indicate development should be restricted – For example, those policies relating to …. land designated as Green Belt, Local Green Space, … and locations at risk of flooding.”

This appears to be the clear desire of the Secretary of State’s interpretation of planning direction. The archived cpbc Green Belt Review was dated 2013 and produced in-house in support of the rejected daft New Local Plan, and clearly out of line with the Secretary of State’s consideration of  levels of “harm.” A new GB Review should be commissioned urgently, indicating the protection available through NPPF Policies and Guidance!

It would appear that the Castle Point council’s Local Plan2016, despite their failure to comply with the Duty to Cooperate with neighbouring local authorities, may have been more in tune with the Secretary of State’s interpretation of what is possible with Local Plan-making and stood a chance of being considered adoptable. Whilst an Inspector may feel the Local Plan2016 was worthy of withdrawal, seeking intervention via the Secretary of State, may supply a different decision, once the Duty to Cooperate has been complied.

More importantly, with Canvey Island in mind, is that NPPF Footnote 9 offers no  difference in the weight and importance that should be applied when considering whether a site is appropriate for development between that of Green Belt or Flood Risk!

Only in the minds of those in Control of Decision-making within Castle Point council, is Canvey Island deemed a “special case”!

If not now, then I do not know when, given the position of the cpbc Local Plan, and the direction given by the SoS, it would be more Timely and more Appropriate for Canvey Island Town Council to undertake a Neighbourhood Plan!

The Secretary of State is clear Footnote 9 should be applied to protect Green Belt from Harm.

It is obvious that an area within a Flood Risk Zone and with unresolved Surface Water Flooding issues, can expect that same level of protection using Neighbourhood Plan Policies under-pinned by that same Footnote 9!

Quite simply Canvey Island is thought to be unlikely to Flood. This is supported by no factual Evidence, simply that it is “unlikely”. The continual loss of Green Space to development on Canvey that serves as potential displacement for flood water, fails to register any concern to the planning decision makers!

The FloodRe insurance scheme is limited, limited so that it specifically discourages development in Flood Risk areas.

The list of properties excluded from the remit of Flood Re has been subject to significant debate however it has been agreed that the following properties will not be covered:

  • All commercial property
  • All residential property constructed since 1 January 2009
  • All purpose-built apartment blocks

Who will weigh this against Financial Sustainability? It appears nobody at Castle Point council!

It is time for the reservations contained within the NPPF Footnote 9 to be considered appropriately and evenly across the whole of Castle Point!

” ” All quotations lifted from the NPPF, Planning Guidance, Glebelands Inquiry and the Jotmans Farm Inquiry.

Southend Fleet, Launch Invasion on an Unprepared Canvey Island!

This week the Port of London Authority held a poorly advertised public meeting on Canvey Island.

Consequently very few Canvey residents were in attendance, however there was a strong contingent from the Southend fishing community and environmentalists who expressed serious concern with regard to the effects of the ongoing dredging of the Thames.


Apart from the loss of fisheries there has been a marked deterioration of the foreshore and an increase build up of catchment areas such as sand banks due to sediment movement and removal of surface covering.

The Port of London Authority’s stand point was that they issue licences for dredging having under done a “cause and effect survey” and that there should be reports that reflect any outcomes.

It was asked why these reports were not readily available.

When asked did the PLA actually check up on the outcome by way of post dredging  surveys the answer was NO!

The evenings programme was primarily to show how much activity is coming online on the Thames by way of recreational use and more consequentially the increased container and fuel tanker activities at the PLA’s various Terminals.

I tried to emphasis that their comment about the fact that when they championed that water freight reduced the amount of road activity when supplying London helped to improve air quality that this was not accurate.

Locally it actually increased heavy goods vehicle movements alarmingly, on an already over used road network.

The primary response from the PLA remained that Global Trade was of the utmost importance to the country’s economy, beyond any detrimental issues…..!

Cllr Howard mentioned that the Government was spending £308million on the Thames improvement and that Canvey had benefitted from this.

Cllr Howard further asked the PLA “whether the Holehaven Creek was being allowed to silt up”?

The reply was that that was not the case and in fact the area will be eventually the subject of more activity from the Coryton storage site.

This being opposite Canvey’s earth and clay protected section of our sea defence, the potential erosion of which through dredging and water borne freight movement may be of some serious significance to the island’s Flood Risk.

Concerns over foreshore erosion through dredging and shipping movement are an ongoing issue, see HERE.



Can’t Plan, Won’t Plan – Canvey Island getting into Deep Water over Climate Change?

Despite Canvey Island, being surrounded by water and with a “Complex Drainage System,” the subject of Climate Change is buried as deep as Page 165 in the Castle Point unadopted Draft Local Plan2016!

So far, the list reads; No Local Plan, No Neighbourhood Plan, No Town Centre Regeneration Plan, however, what we do have is a TE2100 Plan (Thames Estuary Plan)!

But a Plan is of Little Use if it has a limited chance of  being implemented!

The Environment Agency consider; “The TE2100 Plan is an aspirational document, rather than a definitive policy, so whether the defences are raised in the future will be dependent on a cost benefit analysis and the required funding becoming available.”

There is No Vehicle in place for the collection of Developer Contributions, put in place by Castle Point Council, towards futures Funding for Sea Defence improvements. In the meantime development continues across Castle Point, including that which increases the level of population at Risk of Flooding!

Given that it appears the Earth’s oceans are warming 13% faster than previously calculated, and many of those in local power appear to be Climate Change sceptics, there is Real cause for Concern.

The effects of Sea Level Rise on the Thames will be dramatic, the protection of London will be the priority. The Thames barrier increases Sea Levels in the Estuary and increases the need for space for water.

Quite probably the future sea defence improvements around Canvey Island will be considered between the value of considerable financial expenditure and a practical experiment into the effectiveness of new space for water schemes along the banks of the Thames Estuary.

This should cause considerable debate as to the sensibility of new large Housing Development being distributed towards Canvey Island, however the Local Plan2016’s indicates the local authority Castle Point’s approach to this Flood risk as “there remains a very small probability that they could be overtopped or breached.”

Those residents who suffered their Homes and Property being flooded by the severe floods of 2013 and 2014 will take little comfort with the draft Local Plan2016’s approach to Surface Water flooding;  “Fluvial flooding is also possible from the watercourses and dykes that form the drainage system on Canvey Island.”

Green House Gas Emissions add to Sea Level Rise, Castle Point contribute to the increase. Within the Local Plan2016 it states;

“The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report sets out details of the borough’s ecological footprint. In terms of Castle Point’s impact on Climate Change, it is clear that the borough’s ecological footprint is high and likely to be contributing to more extreme weather events.

Paragraph 93 of the NPPF is clear that planning plays a key role in helping shape places to secure radical reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, minimising vulnerability and providing resilience to the impacts of climate change,”

“The strategy in Castle Point therefore needs to be on how the individual can reduce their ecological footprint, and how developments can be planned to encourage this.

The Transport Evidence for the New Local Plan shows that Castle Point suffers congestion at peak times causing queueing at junctions and extended journey times. Congestion results in increased emissions from vehicles, including emissions of green house gases that contribute towards climate change.

Congestion is therefore contributing to both climate change and poor health outcomes for local people.”

Surface Water Flooding on Canvey Island and the Borough;

“The South Essex Surface Water Management Plan 2012 (SWMP) identifies the causes and locations of surface water flooding in the borough and a strategy for the future management of surface water flood risk, taking into account the impacts of climate change. This indicates that when the impacts of climate change are taken into account the likelihood and potential impacts of surface water flooding will be worse in the future than they are now. Extreme rainfall events will be more common and the depth of flood water will increase posing a risk to more properties.”

This is incorrect and out of date information in regards to Canvey Island. This flawed document was eagerly grasped by Castle Point cabinet as being indication that Surface Water Flood Risk affects Borough wide equally. Events in 2013 and 2014 proved cabinet members and officers so wrong!

The SWMP was based on incorrect Historic evidence that had been un-documented, suggesting there had been NO previously recorded flooding events by cpbc officers, particularly where Canvey Island was concerned.

The SWMP remains amongst the local Plan2016 Evidence base despite being incorrect and having been replaced by the more accurate Canvey Island Integrated Urban Drainage study document, albeit incomplete.

Interestingly the Canvey Island Integrated Urban Drainage study, is NOT included within the Local Plan2016 Evidence Base documents!

This may indicate the level of concern for any future Flooding of Canvey Island by cpbc cabinet in general, something current and future residents may wish to make themselves aware of.

The issue of Flood Risk in the Castle Point Local Plan, whichever version, needs to become more prominent and focussed within the Policies.

Residents Safety, Well-Being and Financial Security deserves far more consideration than is currently apparent.

Castle Point Council deserve more investigation and challenge on their approach to Risk.

More information on the latest Sea Level Rise and Climate Change may wish to follow this link to a MSN News article HERE.


© CSIRO An Argo float is deployed into the ocean


Flood Risk! Canvey Island – The “Special Case,” the Sequential Test and the time to Reconsider!

The Approval of Flats in Canvey Town Centre caused Canvey councillors to mention fears of flooding.

Usually levels of development in areas liable to Flood would be restricted through planning, by consideration of the Sequential Test. This Test proposes that inappropriate development in areas at risk of flooding should be avoided by directing development away from areas at highest risk.

The effect of the policy approach of Castle Point council is to continue to increase the numbers of population at Risk of Flooding on Canvey Island.

CPBC justifies this by suggesting that “Canvey Island is a Distinctive Community. It has specific identified needs in terms of social, economic and physical regeneration, as well as housing.”

The result is that due to the 40% increase in population, since Canvey fell under the control of castle point council, there is a perpetual need for a never ending supply of Housing Development on the Island!

This is regardless that the Need for Housing is calculated as a Borough-wide figure.

The fact that it is admitted that there is “a need to maintain the population living in the flood risk zone at current levels or lower” on Canvey Island, has not deterred a reckless approach to the distribution of Housing Growth by the local authority!

This policy of increasing the numbers of population at Risk of Flooding and the deliberate manipulation of the Sequential Test stems from the efforts to label Canvey Island a “Special Case”!

Echo June 2008

DEVELOPERS seeking to build new homes on Canvey are being forced to think again because of growing fears about flooding.

The Environment Agency is resolutely pursuing its policy of recommending refusal of plans to build new homes on the island because Canvey is below sea level and therefore on a flood plain.

Castle Point Council is taking those recommendations to heart and rejecting applications for new homes, leaving some developers in limbo.

The council has pledged to continue upholding the Environment Agency’s recommendations until the results of a Government-initiated inquiry into flood plains publishes its findings.

The Government appointed Sir Michael Pitt to carry out the study, following catastrophic floods in Hull after heavy rainfall in June and July last year. It is likely the final report expected, this summer, will recommend tighter restrictions.

Ray Howard, Castle Point and Essex county councillor, said local authorities were reluctant to ignore the Environment Agency’s advice, while they are waiting for the results of the Pitt Report.

Mr Howard has received many letters from people struggling to build on Canvey.

He said: “It’s a big problem that needs to be looked at. We can’t have a blanket ban for building here.

“I believe Canvey is unique, as it has the best flood walls and flood water drainage system in the country.

“The flood plain rules should be relaxed for us.”

Last week localised flooding on the island, caused by heavy rainfall, affected hundreds of residents on the island.

But Mr Howard is convinced it is well protected against severe flooding from the Thames Estuary.

A total of £34 million was spent rebuilding Canvey’s sea walls in the 1970s and 1980s.

A further £6 million was spent last year on 14 giant pumps, spread around the island to force water back into the sea if the walls are ever breached.

Mr Howard said: “The reason Canvey is always considered high-risk is because of the 1953 flood.

“But back then the only sea defences were soil walls, built by the original Dutch settlers.”

Despite Mr Howard’s insistence that Canvey is well protected, the Environment Agency refused to budge from its policy of objecting to all new homes on flood plains.

Spokeswoman Rita Penman insisted the Environment Agency could not relax its planning guidelines for Canvey, even for special cases.

She said: “Although Canvey is well defended, the current understanding across the country is that if there are other areas not on the flood plains, they should be developed first.

“This is in the interests of everyone’s safety. We are therefore unable to recommend approval for any new developments on Canvey at the present time.”

Even if the Government report clears the way for new homes on flood plains, insurers are warning hundreds of thousands of homes built in high-risk areas may not qualify for insurance.

Nick Starling, the Association of British Insurers’ director of general insurance and health, said: “Poor planning decisions will lead to more homes becoming unsaleable, uninsurable and uninhabitable”

Consequently in 2007 a Planning committee meeting considered, and were asked to “Note” the freedoms of decision making that were pleaded for, and “seemingly” allowed by the Environment Agency, in considering Canvey a “Special Case” that has led to the abuse of the levels of development we continue to see proposed.

How things have changed, in such a short space of time!

Since then we have received a concerning Strategic Flood Risk Assessment for Canvey Island in 2010, and suffered two Surface Water Flooding Events during 2013 and 2014!

Whether a Planning committee should have the power to approve such a policy with the potential to impact Canvey Island, or whether members were all actually made aware of the policy’s implications, is dubious to say the least.

Whether the 2007 planning committee meeting decision to allow increasing levels of population at Risk should now be re-considered in the light of the ominous Flood Risk Assessment and the Flooding incidents, appears obvious!

Floods 2014

The Full text of the Echo article can be read HERE.

Flooded Canvey Resident? Apathetic or Concerned about Flooding – Flood and Coast Conference

Much has been recorded, not least by ourselves,  regarding Flooding and Canvey Island, so much so that both could be considered synonymous.

References include, our sea defences being the best in the UK, the Surface Water Flooding during 2013 and 2014, “achieving effective drainage is a complicated task”, The flawed Surface Water Management Plan that indicated NO previous recorded flooding incidents on Canvey Island, that residents were allowed to believe that the Island’s drainage pumping system was capable to cope with flooding from Tidal sources, a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment that appeared so onerous that it was quickly removed from the public domain for fear of jeopardising the doomed complete Core Strategy process during 2011, and so on!

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Little enough Central Government monies are available to improve the situation.

Our position is that, it is wholly unreasonable to increase the size of the population at Risk of Flooding, especially as evidence is clear that it is unlikely ever to be able to guarantee peoples safety. Whilst this is the case, no level of development should be allowed that would increase numbers of people and homes at Risk of Flooding.

Growth for Growth’s sake will only put more strain on the drainage system, as will the accompanying Hard Surface Areas.

In this light, there is a “Flood and Coast” conference in March and Phiala Mehring is participating and asks for your assistance.

She is gathering information about flood risk management to use in her presentation that will also be used in her PhD thesis.

The link following will take you to her simple to follow Questionnaire. If you feel you would like to help and include your Canvey Island flooding experiences or knowledge, please click on this LINK.

Phialia describes her position as an; Advocate of Integrated Flood Risk Management, working with communities.


Time to brief our MP? Canvey Island at the forefront of Flooding Issues, whilst CPBC covers up?

The National Flood Forum tweeted

“A great opportunity to get communities’ flooding issues debated. Time to brief your MP and ask them to participate.”

This was the Forum’s reaction to an announcement by The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee:-

We’ve secured a debate in the Chamber on 27 Feb, pending the House’s agreement tonight, with on our flooding Reports

Regarding the now regular Flooding Events that occur in the UK, much has been spoken, reported and recorded. Monies have been promised and Budgets have been set.

Nothing matches the Flooding Prevention approach and outlay committed in the Netherlands.

However locally in Castle Point, the situation appears worse still.


There exists what may be a false sense of security concerning the perceived infallibility of the Sea Defences. The seeds of apathy have manifested from residents being comforted by the Defences being the very “best in the Country”!

The Environment Agency’s view regarding the Canvey Sea Defences is;

” Although Canvey Island is defended to a high standard of protection, it is at risk should there be a flood defence failure. This residual flood risk should be considered, as although the likelihood of it occurring is low, the consequences should it happen would be very high.”

Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels mean that the Sea Defences will require improvements to the current standards before the year 2100.

In February 2015 a Commons Select Committee conceded;

“The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee queries Government plans to attract £600 million from external funders to bolster flood defences. In its report on Defra Performance in 2013-14, the cross-party Committee cites low levels of private funding attracted to date as a cause for concern about ambitious future plans.”

This matter was tentatively raised, and disputed by the applicant, during the Thorney Bay Application in Principle to redevelop the Caravan Park. A sum of around £100,000 was suggested as being appropriate contribution towards the necessary future Sea Defence Improvements by the applicant.

Since then, enquiries by the Canvey Green Belt Campaign group have revealed that Castle Point Council officers concede they have no mechanism in place for the collection of such Funds. Consequently no request towards the necessary external funding has been made by cpbc during the consideration of the application for the First Phase of the Thorney Bay development!

This further undermines the attempts by Defra and the Government to implement the Aspirations of the TE2100 (Thames Estuary) Plans for Canvey Island.

The Surface Water Flooding of Canvey Island during 2013 and 2014 were severe enough to warrant the Government Office for Science to undertake a Peer review of Essex County Council’s report on the Canvey Island flooding in July 2014.

The Government Office for Science Peer Review can be found HERE.

The Essex County Council Report into Canvey Island Flooding 2014 can be found HERE.

The Environment Agency consider the Canvey Island Drainage System as being “complicated”.

It is reliant on Gravity, as the Island is so flat, for water to reach the Pumps that are installed to transfer surface water to the Thames Estuary.

These pumps will not cope with the levels of water should there be Tidal Flooding, and failed during the 2014 Flooding event, requiring improvements to the mechanisms.

Maintenance is a continual requirement to Drains and Ditches. The Environment Agency and Essex County Highways division are affected by ongoing budget constraints, meaning Maintenance may be insufficient at any particular time.

These issue were all revealed during the report and enquiry following the 2014 flooding.

Alongside the Essex County Council Report and the Government Office for Science Peer Review, Castle Point Council’s Scrutiny Committee held a series of meetings during 2014 and earl 2015, to investigate the effects, the impact, the response and the causes of the Canvey Island Surface Water Flooding event.

The Castle Point Council Scrutiny Committee’s Report into the Canvey Island Flooding of 2014 remains Unpublished!

The Castle Point Council Webcasts of the Scrutiny Committee meetings are now unavailable!

Neither the Essex County Council Report into the Canvey Island Flooding of 2014, nor the Government Office for Science Peer Review are included within the cpbc Local Plan2016 Evidence Base! 

The Canvey Island Integrated Urban Drainage Study, is included in the cpbc Local Plan2016 Evidence Base in the form of a desk top published aspirational leaflet!

No Fund gathering mechanism is in place to collect the required External Funding for the future improvements of the Canvey Sea Defences.

In response to the National Flood Forum’s suggestion “Time to brief your MP and ask them to participate,” there appears plenty of concerns for our Local representatives to be lobbying our MP Rebecca Harris to participate over!