Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Meeting aims to allay Jubilee River flood fear


BERKSHIRE RESIDENTS are to meet with the Environment Agency later this month to hear the Agency's plans for operating the flawed £110M Jubilee River flood channel this winter.

At the meeting Agency officials are expected to confirm whether they will press the channel into operating beyond its 'safe' capacity as proposed by consultant Atkins.

'We are really scared at what might happen this winter and the closer to winter we get, the more worried we get, ' said Gillie Bolton, spokesman for residents group Community Support Group (South).

Atkins' proposal is included in its critical review of the design and construction of the channel published last month (NCE 19/26 August).

The report concludes that the channel and the Thames can together convey just 325m 3/s, 63% of the original design specification.

This is when operating as planned with a 300mm safety factor.

But it adds that flows can be raised to 415m 3/s if operatives stand on the banks watching for overtopping or bank erosion.

Residents are alarmed at this proposal and have sought urgent clarification from the Environment Agency.

CSG(S) has put its concerns to the Agency through the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council and it too is losing patience.

'There are at least 12 questions that we have put to the EA and we are urgently awaiting a response, ' said cabinet leader Mary-Rose Gliksten.

The Agency said that it is for the council to fix a date for the meeting.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.