Published: 24th Oct 2019

Surrey County Council is set to give flood defence schemes along the River Thames £270m to help protect 15,000 homes. The cabinet is due to meet on 29 October and approve making the investment, which will include a contribution to the £640m River Thames Scheme. Around £404m has already been committed to the project, including £308 million from central government and a further £95m of partnership funding. The Environment Agency and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have also agreed contributions towards the scheme. The scheme will create three flood alleviation channels alongside the River Thames and improve capacity at three weirs. It will run from Datchet in Berkshire, through Surrey to Teddington. The scheme will also support a greener future, with four country parks created as well as 23km of new footways and cycle paths. Surrey County Council’s funding also includes £33m to spend over 10 years on … (To read the full article, subscribe below)