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Surrey County Council confirm the green light for flood channels Posted On 30 April 2021

Runnymede and Spelthorne have been given the ‘go ahead’ to have flood channels installed by the council

 

Surrey County Council claim the project will protect over ten thousand homes in Surrey and south west London. Surrey council’s cabinet, on Tuesday, approved buying land off Chertsey Road in Shepperton, which will be needed to construct a length of a proposed flood relief channel. The council and Environment Agency are said to be working in partnership to obtain a development consent order.

Just seven years ago, more than 930 homes near the Thames in Surrey were caught up in the devastating floods with some 18,000 homes being left without power.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) was asked to contribute £52.7 million, but the council said without a change in legislation needed for a flood levy it could only commit £10m.

Almost 1,600 people have signed a petition asking RBWM to honour its commitment to partnership funding.

Surrey County Council (SCC) is paying £237m towards the £640m scheme, with Runnymede, Spelthorne and Elmbridge borough councils also contributing a small amount and most of the rest coming from the Treasury.

SCC council leader Tim Oliver said: “This is the single largest investment the council has made, but quite rightly so.”

Tim told SurreyLive the removal of channel one would not impact on the effectiveness of the scheme in Runnymede. “We will get the same benefits,” he said.

“Channels two and three are not affected. As far as Surrey is concerned we’re now moving on with the planning and getting consents in place, hopefully later this year.

“We didn’t want to hang around and wait until Windsor and Maidenhead find the money, we want to get on with this.”

An additional £33m has been committed by SCC to manage flood risk in the county other than the Thames.

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