UPDATE FROM ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ON FLOOD MITIGATION PLANS FOR EAST PECKHAM

Published: 19 November 2019

UPDATE FROM ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ON FLOOD MITIGATION PLANS FOR EAST PECKHAM

East Peckham Flood Alleviation Scheme?: Since the 2013 floods the Environment Agency has been investigating a number of options to reduce flood risk in East Peckham and Little Mill. Whilst there is a technically viable option to reduce risk to homes and businesses in both communities, through the construction of walls and embankments, the cost is substantial. Current estimates are between £3.8m and £8.4m depending on the size of the scheme. Under current funding rules these options require over 50% in partnership contributions which the Environment Agencies has been unable to source. Whilst it is disappointing that partnership funding is not available, a technically viable option remains on the table for the future should the funding rules change, or partnership funding be identified.

East Peckham Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Scheme: There is a need for action in East Peckham and the Environment Agency has decided to proceed with a PFR scheme. PFR will help minimise the impact of flooding to homes. PFR measures will include flood doors, flood barriers, and non-return valves on waste pipes and will be funded up to the value of £7,500 per property. This option would only apply to residential dwellings and so the road network and commercial areas at Branbridges would remain at risk.
In order to progress the scheme, it is important that the Environment Agency carries out threshold surveys of properties at high flood risk. This will confirm which properties are at risk of internal flooding and so are eligible for PFR measures and will involve surveyors measuring the level of each property’s front doorstep, damp proof course and any airbricks. The Environment Agency is planning on carrying out these initial surveys in January and expect it to take 2-3 weeks, depending on weather conditions. Once the Environment Agency has identified the eligible properties and secured the funding they will contact residents again setting out the next steps. This will include a more detailed survey to assess suitability and specific measures for each property.

The Environment Agency has identified approximately 120 properties in East Peckham who might be eligible for PFR and they will be contacted directly. If you are not contacted by the Environment Agency and think that your property should be considered please contact the Environment Agency for more information via email to EPFRS@environment-agency.gov.uk