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Campaign for better Thames defences launched

Click on image to download. Pictured left to right: John O’Reilly (Elmbridge), Robert Watts (Spelthorne), David Burbage (Windsor & Maidenhead), David Hodge (Surrey), Pat Roberts (Runnymede), Kevin Davis (Kingston), Tony Arbour (Richmond)

Seven local authorities whose residents and businesses were hit by February’s flooding have teamed up to push for £256 million river defences from Government.

Surrey, Richmond, Kingston, Windsor and Maidenhead, Elmbridge, Spelthorne and Runnymede councils agreed last Friday to develop a business case for the River Thames Scheme, which would protect riverside homes and businesses by building a flood channel and improving three weirs.

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge said: “I called this meeting because we all want to protect our residents and local economy from flooding, so we hope that working together will get us Government approval for this crucial scheme.”

The councils will hand a business case for the scheme to Government later this year.

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