16 OCT 2015

Middle Deal Residents Meeting

I was really pleased to be able to bring together Middle Deal residents affected by the recent flooding for a public meeting with representatives from Southern Water, Kent County Council, Dover District Council, the River Stour Internal Drainage Board, the Environment Agency, Persimmon Homes, Quinn Estates, and local councillors including Adrian Friend, the Mayor of Deal.

Residents were able to question the agencies about the problems they have been facing, and what can be done to prevent more flooding in the future.

I thought it was a positive meeting. There was a real sense that residents' concerns were being listened to and should be acted on. I am particularly pleased that Southern Water is taking action to upgrade the Golf Road Pumping Station. I hope they will properly compensate residents for loss and damage that was suffered in the latest flooding.

However, I remain concerned that there is still not adequate provision to deal with the flooding that is caused by surface water. I worry that we do not have enough water offtake and dyke capacity in the area. Surface water drainage must not be allowed to add to the problem. It is important that any developments include infrastructure to help with water offtake and water storage in the event of future downpours. It was encouraging to hear Quinn Estates make sensible suggestions as to how they could help improve the situation.

My thanks to everyone who attended the meeting.

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