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Reminder – have your say on new plans for major Surrey flood and new green space proposals

A public consultation asking for views on new plans which respond to the challenges of flooding and creating more access to open green spaces and sustainable travel routes has now reached its halfway point, and additional online events have been added due to popular demand.

The scheme, which includes a new flood channel, will reduce the risk of flooding to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, while also providing habitat for wildlife and a new feature in the landscape for recreation. The channel will be flanked by new areas of public green open space, for recreation and spending time with nature. New footpaths and cycleways will run along the channel and through the new public spaces, linking different elements of the scheme with communities and providing better connections within and across the area. Areas of new and improved habitat for wildlife and nature recovery will connect with existing nature sites and wildlife corridors to provide a new nature recovery network along the length of the channel that supports even more biodiversity.

The plans on display include: 

  • A new river channel built in two sections – one section through Runnymede (between Egham Hythe and Chertsey) and one through Spelthorne (between Littleton North lake and the Desborough Cut)  
  • Capacity increases around the Desborough Cut and the weirs at Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington  
  • Improved access to quality green open space and connections with wildlife, in addition to supporting a more sustainable travel network  
  • A network of high-quality habitat to achieve a biodiversity net gain  

The consultation, which is running until Tuesday 20 December 2022, provides updated details of the planned work and timelines, including some important changes to the design.

There are still a number of exhibitions where people can learn more about the changes, study plans and drawings, and submit comments. The team is really keen to hear people’s thoughts on landscape proposals and new active travel facilities. Feedback forms are available at the events and can be found online here: RTS online survey

The exhibitions are drop in events and will take place as follows:

TeddingtonTuesday 29th November 2022 Peter and Paul Church (Centre), 4 Church Rd, Teddington TW11 8PB 
SheppertonSaturday 3rd December 2022 Shepperton Village Hall, 58A High St, Shepperton TW17 9AU
ChertseyWednesday 7th December 2022 St Peters Church, Windsor St, Chertsey KT16 8AT

Due to popular demand, the team have added additional online events throughout the consultation. These events have been held on Microsoft Teams and include a presentation, followed by questions from attendees. Places are issued on a first come, first served basis.

There are some spaces left for the final virtual event, which takes place on:

Monday 5th December 20222-3.30pm

Anyone interested in attending the online event must email: rts@environment-agency.gov.uk.

River Thames Scheme project director Jeanne Capey said: “I would urge anyone interested in the scheme to visit one of our remaining exhibitions, or the remaining webinar event, to find out more about the proposals and complete the consultation questionnaire.”

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Community Resilience, Kevin Deanus said: “I welcome this consultation and would encourage people to get involved and feedback their thoughts on these exciting proposals.”

Full details of the consultation events, how to get involved, and discover all venues that have brochures available to pick up please visit the website at www.riverthamesscheme.org.uk or call the Environment Agency National Customer Contact Centre on: 03708 506 506.

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NOTES TO EDITORS   

  • For more information, high-res images and interviews please contact Vicky Shepherd at Victoria.Shepherd@surreycc.gov.uk  
  • The River Thames Scheme is being delivered in partnership between the Environment Agency and Surrey County Council.   
  • The scheme’s wider partners are Elmbridge Borough Council, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Runnymede Borough Council, Spelthorne Borough Council, Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Thames Water, Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. 
  • The River Thames Scheme is an integrated scheme which responds to the challenges of flooding, creating more access to green open spaces and sustainable travel, in addition to encouraging inclusive economic growth, increasing biodiversity and responding to the dual challenges of climate change and nature recovery.       
  • The project aims to deliver many benefits for local communities and businesses. The new flood channel will reduce the risk of flooding to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, while also providing habitat for wildlife and a new feature in the landscape for recreation.    
  • The River Thames Scheme will include:  
    • a new river channel built in two sections – one section through Runnymede (between Egham Hythe and Chertsey) and one through Spelthorne (between Littleton North lake and the Desborough Cut)      
    • capacity increases around the Desborough Cut and at the weirs at Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington      
    • improved access to quality green open space and connections with wildlife, in addition to supporting a more sustainable travel network      
    • a network of high-quality habitat to achieve a biodiversity net gain    
    • The River Thames Scheme will reduce flood risk to people living and working near the Thames, enhance the resilience of nationally important infrastructure, contribute to a vibrant local economy and maximise the social and environmental value of the river. 
    • There have been serious floods in this area over the past 100 years, namely in 1947, 1968, 2003 and most recently between 2013/2014. 
    • The new flood channel will reduce flood risk to over 11,000 properties and 1,600 businesses in Hythe End, Egham, Staines, Chertsey, Shepperton, Weybridge, Sunbury, Molesey, Thames Ditton, Kingston and Teddington. 
    • There will be increased capacity of the Desborough Cut and weirs at Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington by installing additional weir gates. 
    • Detailed planning and design are under way. The large scale of the project means the government has directed that it be treated as a project of national Significance. This requires a type of consent known as a ‘development consent order’ (DCO). A DCO removes the need to obtain several separate consents, including planning permission and is designed to be a quicker process than applying for these separately.  

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