The public consultation on plans for the River Thames Scheme is now live. This includes details, maps and timelines for the RTS project and provides the opportunity for residents have their say, ahead of plans being submitted for official approval as part the national planning process. The consultation runs from 22 January until 4 March.
Following the recent flooding I know many residents are keen to share their views and ensure that the scheme reflects local needs, reduces flood risk and can be delivered as swiftly as possible. You can review the plans and share your views here: www.riverthamesscheme.org.uk There are also a number of consultation engagement events taking place across the constituency. Details are available on the consultation website or on the image above.
As your MP, reducing flooding risk and getting the River Thames Scheme built is one of my top priorities. I have worked closely with the Environment Agency and Surrey County Council throughout the project to date, and will continue to press for works to begin as swiftly as possible. There are key issues that need to be addressed before physical work can begin, including planning, land ownership and environmental impact. I am working to support each of these, but your views are essential to the successful delivery of the Scheme, so please do send them through and respond to the scheme.
Separately, I am also working with the EA and Defra to address flooding issues including the maintenance of rivers and waterways, upkeep of infrastructure including weirs, and communication with residents in the event of another flooding event. I will post regular updates on this work on my website page ( www.drbenspencer.org.uk/campaigns/better-protection-flooding ) and social media, or you can keep up to date on all the work I am doing is by signing up to my newsletter at www.runnymedeandweybridge.news