The Environment Agency and local councils want to hear community's thoughts on plans to reduce the risk of flooding


The Environment Agency and local councils working on the River Thames Scheme, aimed at reducing flood risk, want to hear your thoughts on the plans.

Between 25 August and 15 September 2015 they are running a series of ‘drop-in’ sessions at various locations between Datchet and Teddington. There will be information on display and experts on hand to talk to.

They’ll will be sharing information on how work has progressed since the Lower Thames Strategy was published in 2010, with visitors also able to find out about the next steps and likely timescales.

They want to hear people’s views on what the new flood relief channel could look like and how people would like to be kept up to date with progress.

Environment Agency project director David Murphy said: “We really want to get local residents and businesses involved in the scheme, to hear their views on the proposals and explore what other benefits it could bring to the local area in addition to reducing flood risk to over 15,000 homes and businesses. This scheme will reduce flood risk right across the area and we need the support of the communities to make it happen.

The Environment Agency and local council partners have been working with community groups in this area for many years to improve resilience to flooding.

The River Thames Scheme will reduce flood risk to the 15,000 properties currently at risk between Datchet and Teddington. It will include construction of a flood channel, in three sections; property level products to make homes more resistant to flooding, major and local flood plans and will provide other benefits to this area.

The Environment Agency is working with seven local councils to deliver the programme.

All the events will run from 4pm until 8pm at the following locations.

Date Venue
Tuesday 25 August Wraysbury Village Hall, TW19 5WA
Thursday 27 August St Nicholas Parish Hall, Shepperton, TW17 9JY
Tuesday 1 September Chertsey Hall, KT16 9DR
Thursday 3 September Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, TW11 9NN
Friday 4 September The Hythe Centre, Staines, TW18 3HD