Councils seek contributions towards Thames flood defence scheme

Surrey News

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who is also the government’s flood envoy, with Surrey County Council leader David Hodge at County Hall. Click to download

Utility companies, local enterprise partnerships and businesses will be asked to contribute to a £300 million River Thames defence scheme under plans unveiled at a meeting with the government’s flooding envoy Philip Hammond.

Seven councils whose residents and businesses were affected by last February’s floods will work to secure contributions from Thames Valley Berkshire, Enterprise M3 and London Enterprise Panel as well as approaching firms over the next 18 months.

Surrey, Richmond, Windsor and Maidenhead, Kingston, Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Runnymede councils agreed the move together with the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) at a meeting to give the Foreign Secretary an update on the scheme to better protect 15,000 homes and businesses.

At the same time, the councils confirmed their commitment to investing in developing…

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Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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