Let’s consider one or two other high profile Castle Point promised “Good News” Stories that never came to fruition;
The Castle Point council 1998 Adopted Local Plan aspired to :-
A130 Canvey Way dualling / Upgrading of Canvey Way to dual carriageway standard between Sadler’s Farm and Waterside Farm roundabouts and the creation of a grade separated junction at Sadlers Farm Roundabout
More recent failed infrastructure good news stories;
The failure of the aspiration of the “Essex Local Transport Plan” with regards to the provision of the completion of Roscommon Way from Haven Road to the Western Esplanade.
Compounded by the extensive development in this part of Canvey, the failure to complete the Roscommon Way infrastructure, has brought vehicle movement from east – west via the Long Road area to a complete stand still, particularly at peak times. Long Road services a large number of side streets Schools and Commerce facilities.
Air quality in this area has previously been found to be directly compromised by the failure of the highway network to support traffic volume. Traffic movement schemes that improve the situation of Long Road Canvey Island are now beyond practicality.
Emergency Planning and Failure to secure a third road.
Yet another Good News Story literally flogged to death!
The likelihood of flooding of the access routes to and from Canvey Island will increase, following sea level rise.
Access to Canvey Island is currently only possible by two roads (A130 and B1006), both of which are connected to the same roundabout. Any disruption to these routes would hamper evacuation and severely limit access to the industrial areas on Canvey Island, including potential disruption to gas terminals and oil storage depots. This could have significant implications for the national economy since Canvey Island is one of the main gas distribution centres for the UK
Failure to secure the necessary surface water infrastructure funding. Another Good News Story that failed to materialise.
Remember this, the :-
“Canvey Island Six Point Plan”
“On 30th November 2015, a delegation from the Partnership including Rebecca Harris MP presented the Canvey Island 6 – Point Plan to Rory Stewart Government Minister with responsibility for Flooding.
The report summarises the work undertaken by the Partner organisations since the flood events in July 2014 and set out how Central Government funding would be used.
A summary of the Actions is set out below:
1. Action: Property Level Flood protection for @ 15k homes(@40k residents) Cost: £500,000
2. Action: Dredge reprofile and maintain Canvey Lake Cost: £2,000,000
3. Action: Increase Drainage Infrastructure Capacity Cost: £16,000,000
4. Action: Canvey Resilient Communities Programme Cost: £2,000,000
5. Action :Dredge reprofile and maintain Canvey Lake Cost: £2,000,000
6. Action: Investment in ‘Green Infrastructure’ Cost: £2,000,000 The work of the Multi Agency Partnership is continuing to address drainage matters on Canvey Island.
Cabinet is invited to note the report”
Flood Risk Warning and Response.
We are constantly being misled by the good news story that the Thames Estuary 2100 project commits to the repair and improvement of the Canvey Sea Defence. This is simply not true.
The Environment Agency ( although not in their remit to do so ) constantly inform CPBC when commenting on planning application for Canvey Island the following basic facts.
The Thames Estuary 2100 (TE2100) Plan was published in November 2012, setting out recommendations for flood risk management for London and the Thames Estuary through to the end of this century and beyond. Canvey Island is covered by policy “P4”. Policy P4 is to take further action to keep up with climate and land use change so that flood risk does not increase (Page 44 of TE2100 Plan).
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. If the defences are able to be raised, the proposed development will be protected from flooding during the 1 in 1000 annual probability event in line with climate change.
When determining the safety of a proposed development, cpbc should take this uncertainty over the future flood defences and level of flood protection into account. This may require consideration of whether obtaining the funds necessary to enable the defences to be raised in line with climate change, is achievable.
The failure to secure the long term safety of the community of Canvey Island before indiscriminate development, leaving its incumbent population totally reliant on electronic early warning systems, is not a good news story.
The “National Flood Forecasting Centre” are able to provide adequate and timely flood warnings. These warnings should be reviewed in close liaison with local Environment Agency and Met Office representatives to give an accurate picture of an approaching flood event. This will include the amount of flood water expected, the likely duration, the extent, the speed of flow and other hydrological data, the effect of tides, the depth of flooding and wind strength/direction.
It is imperative that this information should be considered alongside data on populations likely to be affected. This assessment should include population density, ability to evacuate, location relative to access and egress routes and vulnerable communities or individuals. There must also be an assessment of risks to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, water treatment works, hazardous installations and electricity generating plant.
Consideration should be given to the likely impact on road and rail network both in terms of evacuation and also incoming mutual aid. This information is often usually found in Multi-Agency Flood Plans.
Once a full picture of the potential flood is established, a strategy for dealing with the incident must be developed.
This should set the priorities for the management of the event and allow an accurate assessment of rescue needs
The “National Flood Forecasting Centre” seeks to give adequate and timely flood warnings targeted at Local Authorities such as CPBC so as to provide longer lead time flood forecasts to assist Category 1 and 2 responders with their roles and responsibilities in handling emergency situations.
The national warning facility has operated since 2006 and yet Castle Point Borough Council has known full well that Residents of Canvey Island Cannot be Evacuated!
That there is a considerable population, a large number of which are ageing and vulnerable.
Knowing that the ramifications of a failure of sea defences, of a flood defended area, are known to be catastrophic.
The whole of Canvey Island constitutes a flood cell, in other words we are living in a bowl.
Incredibly CPBC has systematically adopted a flood risk sequential approach to the development of Canvey in total isolation of the rest of the Borough.
The deliberate approach by our local authority to increased development, significantly increases the Island’s population, and in doing so increases the number of persons at actual risk should a Flood Event occur!