Flood relief work set for River Misbourne
Prevention works to be carried out over six-year period
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.”