Sharma to hold public meeting on flooding


18th February 2013

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has together with local councillors and the Environment Agency, organised a public meeting for residents in Purley to discuss flooding-related issues.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 7 March 2013 at The Barn in Purley, Goosecroft Lane, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames, RG8 8DR between 7pm-8pm and is open to all Purley residents.

Alok said: “Having seen for myself the impact of the flooding in 2007 and also in recent weeks in Purley, I know that many residents will be interested to receive an update from the Environment Agency and West Berkshire Council about future flood alleviation and mitigation measures. I have therefore, together with local councillors and the Environment Agency, organised a public meeting for residents in Purley on issues related to flooding. Our local Purley Flood Wardens do a brilliant job when we do have flood issues but I know residents are interested to hear about longer-term mitigation measures.”

In January the Environment Agency announced that it would invest £10.5m during 2013/14 in local flood defence schemes across London and the Thames Valley, which is a £500,000 increase on the funding from the previous year.

Julia Simpson, West Thames Area Manager at the Environment Agency said: “I welcome the opportunity to discuss some of the challenges in reducing flood risk to Purley and to work with the local community on this.”

Rick Jones, Chairman of the Purley-on-Thames Parish Council said: “Whilst many residents of Purley are accustomed to minor flooding, this winter has been a nightmare with one warning following another. We are determined this year to work for some more protection to avoid the worst effects of the floods, and also to try and help residents to prepare their properties for better flood resilience. I urge residents to attend this meeting to learn and give their views, and also come to the flood resilience road show later in the month that we are organising for their benefit.”

District Councillor David Betts said: “Having witnessed flooding in Purley on Thames on many occasions and seen the distress it can cause, I would urge all residents to take advantage of this opportunity to have their voices heard.”