Flood re­lief work set for River Mis­bourne

Preven­tion works to be car­ried out over six-year pe­riod

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett and Camilla Good­man buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

AN AN­NOUNCE­MENT about in­vest­ment in flood preven­tion work has been wel­comed by cam­paign­ers.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency has con­firmed that there will be flood preven­tion works in Bucks as part of the Flood and Coastal Risk Man­age­ment In­vest­ment Pro­gramme for 2015 to 2021.

MP for Che­sham and Amer­sham Ch­eryl Gil­lan has wel­comed the news, which fol­lows on from the au­tumn state­ment in which the chan­cel­lor of the ex­che­quer an­nounced fund­ing for flood re­lief man­age­ment na­tion­ally.

The flood preven­tion work will in­clude fund­ing for flood re­lief mea­sures along the River Mis­bourne.

The work on the Mis­bourne will run for two pe­ri­ods, the first be­tween 2015 and 2017 and the sec­ond be­tween 2020 and 2021.

Mrs Gil­lan said: “This will be re­as­sur­ing to home own­ers in Mis­senden, Lit­tle Mis­senden, Old Amer­sham and the Chal­font vil­lages.”

Chal­font St Giles suf­fered bad flood­ing ear­lier this year when wa­ter over­flowed from fields above Bliz­zard’s Yard car park and was pumped into the high street.

The car park was closed from Fe­bru­ary to April this year and a tem­po­rary ramp in­stalled across the street.

High wa­ter lev­els also caused flood­ing in Chal­font St Peter early

DEEP WA­TER: Ch­eryl Gil­lan MP at the flooded High Street ear­lier this year this year, bring­ing an over­flow of raw sewage into the high street which swamped pub The Bar At The George.

Bob Older, chair­man of Mis­bourne River Ac­tion, said: “I think the worst prob­lems are gen­er­ally down to high wa­ter ta­ble lev­els rather than the Mis­bourne flood­ing, how­ever, good main­te­nance of the river can un­doubt­edly only do good.

“I do not think it will ac­tu­ally stop the flood­ing, but I think it will en­able it to dis­si­pate as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“In Chal­font St Peter, the ma­jor prob­lem comes from the drainage sys­tem and the lack of size and lack of main­te­nance of the sew­er­age.”

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