Flood defence for Brading ruled out

By Richard Wright

Friday, January 31, 2014


NO COMPREHENSIVE anti-flood plan looks set to come to rescue Brading residents.

The news came on Wednesday, when more than 100 people from Brading, Alverstone, Newchurch and Sandown attended a meeting at Brading Town Hall, organised by the town council.

The Environment Agency (EA) told residents that analysis of the benefits of a defence scheme showed they would be far outweighed by the cost, at a time when there were many competing demands for funds.

Instead the EA and the Isle of Wight Council are to investigate whether grants could be secured to allow residents to carry out their own individual DIY defence measures.

Residents’ questions were answered by representatives from the EA, Southern Water, Island Roads, Isle of Wight Council and the RSPB, which emphatically denied winter water levels on its marsh reserve were kept higher to benefit bird-life.

MP Andrew Turner is due to meet privately with representatives of the Isle of Wight Council, Environment Agency, Island Roads, parish and town councils and Southern Water to discuss flooding issues.

Mr Turner said: "Some of the stories from the recent floods have been heartbreaking.  

"People have seen their homes and businesses they have built up swamped with dirty flood water – and in some cases, sewage. 

"I have been told people are having sleepless nights, terrified when they hear rainfall.  The response by the various agencies has been patchy, ranging from very good to non-existent."

• For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, January 31.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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