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FRAG of convenience

Letters

I refer to your article 'Locals rage over Environment Agency's Thames flood report' (NCE 1 April). It is important to note that the report referred to was not an Environment Agency report.

I am an associate director with Arup, and was appointed independent chairman to lead an inquiry into the cause of the River Thames January 2003 flooding.

I ensured that there was wide representation on the Flood Risk Action Groups (FRAGs), and I have personally consulted over 90 community representatives through this process to understand and respond to their concerns and issues.

ThamesAwash, the community group set up following the floods, has played a very active and important part in influencing the work of the FRAGs, and in assisting me to reach my conclusions and recommendations.

The incorrect information to which your story refers, while very significant, was discovered some time before 19 March.

The report's conclusions are comprehensive and take full account of this late information.

For further information on the inquiry visit www. frags. org. uk.

Clive Onions, independent chairman to the Flood Risk Action Groups, 63 St Thomas St, Bristol, BS1 6JZ

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