Purley-on-Thames has experienced severe flooding in the past. A report carried out in 2004 by the Purley Flooding Review Team made a number of proposals to protect people and property from future flooding but a lack of funding meant little action was taken.
Achievements to date:
Alok held successive meetings with the Environment Agency, West Berkshire Council, Purley Parish Council and the Mapledurham Estate to secure funding and planning permission for a flood alleviation scheme in Purley.
Work has now been completed on a pumping platform by River Gardens, which will help prevent erosion of the riverbank and allows pipes to be secured firmly in place when flooding does occur, to stop the pipes from moving during pumping and will help to keep the roads open.
Work has been completed on a new five metre wide bund to the north of Wintringham Way, to help alleviate the impact of flooding in Purley.
“Many of my constituents in Purley have been waiting for over a decade for some form of flood alleviation scheme, and now we finally have the bund. We all understand that during particularly bad weather events there will continue to be a risk from flooding, but talking to my constituents I know they are delighted that this scheme has finally been delivered and hopefully it will make a difference.”