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Come and have your say on River Roding flood plans

16-Aug-2011

Reminder to come along to the River Roding flood plan drop in session, to learn about and comment on the plans.

Residents and businesses in Epping Forest are invited to comment on plans to protect almost 1,000 homes and businesses from both river and surface water flooding in Epping Forest and Redbridge.

The plans will be available to view at a drop in session on 23 August 2011, at Broadmead Baptist Chrurch, Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8PE. They can also be seen online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/roding.

The River Roding has a long history of flooding. More than 300 properties in Woodford were flooded in 2000, and more than 1,500 properties close to the river are currently at risk from a combination of river and surface water flooding.

The risk of flooding along parts of the River Roding is increasing because of climate change and the increasing pressures of urban development. The Environment Agency has developed a number of cost-effective and sustainable proposals to manage this risk in the future.

The proposals include a flood storage area at Shonks Mill Bridge (near Chipping Ongar), improvements to surface water drainage in Woodford, and changes to river management and maintenance activities throughout the catchment.

Environment Agency Area Manager Julia Simpson said: "This is an opportunity for residents to talk to us, learn about what the plans will mean for them, and tell us what they think. Whatever plans we have for managing flood risk, we must spend public money wisely and we have reassessed how we are already spending this money in some places. Where we are planning new flood alleviation measures, we will need contributions from private, public and voluntary organisations, and communities who will benefit most from our work.
 
"We will need to work with our partners, the local authorities and the general public to make many of our proposals for the River Roding a reality. This consultation is an important first step which will give people the chance to give their views on these proposals.”
 
As part of the strategy, the Environment Agency is proposing to cut down ongoing river maintenance along the Roding in areas where the cost of the work outweighs the financial benefit. A small number of properties in the northern part of the catchment will either be at increased risk or remain at high risk of flooding after we carry out our recommendations. The Environment Agency is committed to work with the residents in these properties to look at other ways to reduce the consequences of flooding as much as possible.

ENDS

Notes to editors

Online: Go to: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/roding and click on the link to our E-consultation.

By post: River Roding Strategy Consultation, Environment Agency, Swift House, Frimley Business Park, GU16 7SQ.

By email: rodingstrategy@environment-agency.gov.uk.

In person: We will also be holding two public exhibitions where residents can come and talk to us about our recommendations.

Event location:
23 August 2011
11am to 9pm
Broadmead Baptist Church
Chigwell Road
Woodford Green
Essex, IG8 8PE