Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has welcomed the news that planning permission has been granted by West Berkshire Council to start work on a five metre wide bund to the north of Wintringham Way, to help alleviate the impact of flooding in Purley.
Proposals for the bund were discussed by the Environment Agency at a public meeting Alok organised for Purley residents in March 2013 and since then, Alok and members of Purley Parish Council, have been instrumental pushing forward to ensure the scheme was delivered.
The Environment Agency has indicated that work will now begin on the bund on Tuesday 26th August 2014.
Work has already 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.
Alok Sharma said: “It has taken a lot of prodding and even a bit of screaming from me, but I am delighted that we now have the green light for works to start and after severe flooding over many years my Purley constituents will be relieved that a scheme is finally being delivered which I hope will help to alleviate some of the impact of flooding on local homes.”
Vice Chairman of Purley Parish Council, Bernard Nix said: “We, in the lower village, welcome the news that the bund is to go ahead at last. We recognise that it is not a full solution to our flooding problems, but it will go some way to protect the Eastern end of the village, and in particular enable the road to remain open longer and we appreciate the efforts of Alok on our behalf, without which I am sure we would still be trying to get action taken.”
Photo: Alok at the new pumping platform in Purley