Saturday, April 22, 2006

Iford Bridge Flooding

Flooding in the area of Iford Bridge has been of some concern for some time. In the area is Iford Bridge Home Park, a mobile home park which is situated alongside the river. Many of the inhabitants are elderly and vulnerable.

There are a number of arguments about extent and effectiveness of flood prevention and relief measures in the area. I don't know enough about these to be able to get involed in the debate about them at the moment.

However, a very clear Flood Evacuation Plan is in place for the Iford Bridge Home Park in which places specific tasks at the door of the Council, Police, Fire Brigade and Social Services if flooding is expected.

There was some concern last November when a flood warning was issued and no help was forthcoming from any of the named agenices. When elected, I made a commitment to pull the agencies together to review the plan and obtain clarification of each of their roles in such an eventuality.

This I've had some success in doing and I hope that we are headed towards a meeting to confirm the situation later next month, to which all the park residents and my ward colleagues will be invited.

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