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‘Moor Lane’ Housing Site Flooded (27-28 Feb 2010)

‘Moor Lane’ Housing Site Flooded (27-28 Feb 2010)

Like all residents in the area, you probably experienced a degree of localised flooding following the very heavy rains over the weekend of 27-28 Feb 2010.

For example, several of the back-gardens in Moor Lane were once again swamped as the ground was already saturated and the local drainage could not cope.

Interestingly, the proposed housing site was also somewhat overcome as you can see from the pictures below:

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FloodingNorth end of Oaklands Nursery looking towards Quartermaine and Newlands Avenue (28 Feb 2010)

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So this begs the question of where will all this water go when there are hundreds of houses on this site?

Answer that, Woking Borough Council.

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  1. Clive Allen

    Will,

    I have just spent the last 2days evacuating my mother-in-law from her house, which is now under 8 inches of dirty brown flood water in Egham. It is an absolute nightmare to say the least. She has lived there for 55 years and now he life is completely ruined. So are Surrey CC still going ahead with 450 houses in Moor lane… Have you not looked at the environment Agency latest flood warning?

    Who in their right mind will build here. And who will insure the houses. I have just witnessed an old lady of 79 years of age break down and almost collapse because of the complete devastation that has been caused. How are they going to stop this in Westfield. It is already underwater..

    Please respond. I will take tis to the next level to get answers. What is going to happen to 450 residents when this happens again and again.

    Regards,

    Clive Allen
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    Will Forster Hello Clive, Really sorry to that your mother-in-law has been flooded out of her home, I had a briefing on the flooding situation across Surrey yesterday morning – it was very distressing. I can confi
    Feb 12 at 2:55 PM
    Me
    To Will Forster
    Today at 12:10 PM
    Hi Will,

    I appreciate you writing back to me. We did vote for you at the election. I am still not and never will be persuaded to believe that the development at the rear and side of Balfour Avenue will not flood.

    I walk there with my dogs and have not been able to do so now for 2 months.

    I hope it floods and floods and floods… Then some of the very stupid people who made the decisions will hopefully get exposed as idiots. If they went over there now in a helicopter and took the insurance companies with them I think they would all pull out. Have you seen the apartment’s at Gresham Mill (old Unwins site Old Woking)? They are an island on a lake! I am going to write to the insurance companies and see if they will insure any house built in the area chosen and with the environment Agencies dark Purple flood warnings.

    I spoke to Direct Line and their consultant said NO! Defiantly Not! I’ll see if they all say the same. If they all say NO. Then is Surrey County Council going to underwrite the insurance for housing development in Moor Lane area? Because as a Rate payer, I am not preparred to pay for the coverage? It could roll into millions of pounds and be a danger to life. So who will pay out if a disaster occurs?

    Yours,

    Clive.

    On Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 14:54, Will Forster wrote:

    Hello Clive,

    Really sorry to that your mother-in-law has been flooded out of her home, I
    had a briefing on the flooding situation across Surrey yesterday morning –
    it was very distressing.

    I can confirm that the planning permission for the 371 homes on the ‘Moor
    Lane’ site has been granted. The developers have started on-site already,
    laying the foundations and so on. As you know, I did not like the
    development but I was on the losing side when the decision was made.

    Most of the site is not actually in the flood plain, bar a section of land
    towards the River Wey which the developers will use for open green space
    and a play area. However, as you can see if you go down there now – the
    site does flood. The developers will install something called a
    Sustainable Urban Drainage System that will effectively hold water under
    ground for as long as it can. Only time will tell to see the full impact
    of the development when we have another heavy period of rainfall.

    On a separate but related note, my Group on the Council ensured the Hoe
    Valley flood prevention scheme happened. Since the Christmas floods I
    spoke to many local residents who knew that if that scheme had not been
    completed, their homes would have been flooded. They are clearly very
    appreciative of the Hoe Valley Scheme – and we are continuing to push the
    Council to work on flood defences elsewhere along the Hoe Stream and on the
    River Wey, and we are making progress. Detailed designs are being
    finalised right now.

    Hope that information is helpful, if not very reassuring.

    Kind regards,

    Will Forster

    Lib Dem County Councillor for South Woking
    and Borough Councillor for Kingfield and Westfield

    ——– Original Message ——–

    From : Clive Allen
    To : “will.forster@surreycc.gov.uk”
    Cc :
    Sent on : 12/02 02:02:00 GMT
    Subject : Moor Lane housing

    Will,

    I have just spent the last 2days evacuating my mother-in-law from her
    house, which is now under 8 inches of dirty brown flood water in Egham. It
    is an absolute nightmare to say the least. She has lived there for 55 years
    and now he life is completely ruined. So are Surrey CC still going ahead
    with 450 houses in Moor lane… Have you not looked at the environment
    Agency latest flood warning?

    Who in their right mind will build here. And who will insure the houses. I
    have just witnessed an old lady of 79 years of age break down and almost
    collapse because of the complete devastation that has been caused. How are
    they going to stop this in Westfield. It is already underwater..

    Please respond. I will take tis to the next level to get answers. What is
    going to happen to 450 residents when this happens again and again.

    Regards,

    Clive Allen

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