Today, I met up with Julia Simpson, the Environment Agency’s Area Manager for the Thames Region. She updated me on a range of local issues.
First, she gave me a briefing on the forthcoming works at the Molesey Weirs to bolster our flood defences. Next, Julia briefed me on flood protection works which took place in Autumn 2017 on the River Mole. She also updated me on progress with building further flood defences along the River Thames in Elmbridge.
I then raised the issue of illegally moored boats in Molesey, which I know is a concern for many constituents. Julia briefed me on the operational action being taken and we discussed what can be done going forward to prevent abuse of the system and related anti-social behaviour in the area.
Finally, Julia and I had a general discussion about funding for the River Thames Scheme from central government and local authorities. The River Thames Scheme will reduce the flood risk between Datchet and Teddington, currently the largest area of undefended floodplain in England. You can read more about the Scheme here.