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2,500 homes at risk of flooding

Swindon Advertiser: Flood defences at Haydon Wick, pictured earlier this month Flood defences at Haydon Wick, pictured earlier this month

MORE than 2,500 homes are at risk of flooding in Swindon, according to figures released by environmental network Friends of the Earth.

Using data from the Environment Agency, FOE has identified 1,695 homes under threat in the North Swindon constituency, with 809 under threat in the South Swindon constituency.

The FOE has also said there are 540 homes spread across both constituencies which are at significant risk.

The network of environmental organisations has said it is concerned these homes will not be protected in the future unless significant investment is made by the Government to guard against the effects of climate change and more frequent storms, similar to those experienced this winter.

Mike Birkin, FOE South West campaigner, said: “There’s no doubt about it, if you look at what climate scientists say, this is very much the shape of things to come – milder and wetter weather, which will be less predictable.

“So it’s not going to be good enough for the Government to be planning for the future defences on just the results from the last few years.

“The indications we are now getting show we could be vulnerable to periods of very intense rain.

“You need to invest in the traditional forms of flood defence, but the Government needs to step it up a gear. The way that we farm needs to be looked at. The amount of water risking properties in Swindon will be directly affected by the way farmers do their business up the cycle. The rate of water flowing into rivers needs to be slowed down.”

Mr Birkin said the figures released through the Environment Agency do not factor in climate change and the risk of more water affecting more houses. He said the storms we experience once in every 50 years, which we can deal with, will become more frequent and place excessive demands on the existing defences. This increase in frequency is not being accounted for, according to FOE and Mr Birkin.

Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon, moved to ease any concerns. He drew attention to the age of the data used by FOE and pointed to the investments already put into flood alleviation in the town.

“It’s right that Friends of the Earth draw attention to this data. This is exactly why we secured the £14m funding for the Haydon Wick flood alleviation works which assist a large chunk of that number quoted,” he said.

“We are also working with councillor Dale Heenan and making progress with continuous improvements on the Dorcan flood alleviation works. £300,000 was secured on Monday evening by Dale at the council for the Dorcan scheme.”

Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, said: “I am already working with local agencies and residents on a number of localised flooding issues.

“The recent floods are a wake-up call on the need to do more to protect households from climate change. Flood defence plans must take into account the expected impacts of climate change, like more rainfall and higher sea levels.

“We also need a renewed focus on tackling climate change as well as preparing for it.”

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8:38am Fri 28 Feb 14

scottwichall says...

Friends of the Earth must be after more cash then....
Friends of the Earth must be after more cash then.... scottwichall
  • Score: 1

9:22am Fri 28 Feb 14

Morsey says...

Stop residents covering their entire gardens with concrete and block paving, water needs to find it's way naturally into the ground, the drainage system cannot cope with so few access points as a dispersal means.
Stop residents covering their entire gardens with concrete and block paving, water needs to find it's way naturally into the ground, the drainage system cannot cope with so few access points as a dispersal means. Morsey
  • Score: 21

10:46am Fri 28 Feb 14

Cooking_by_smoke_alarm says...

'Morsey' is spot on; the statement below (taken from the text) is secondary in comparison to his correct statement of folks paving drive ways and the runoff going into the storm drain network and hence the rivers.

( The amount of water risking properties in Swindon will be directly affected by the way farmers do their business up the cycle).
'Morsey' is spot on; the statement below (taken from the text) is secondary in comparison to his correct statement of folks paving drive ways and the runoff going into the storm drain network and hence the rivers. ( The amount of water risking properties in Swindon will be directly affected by the way farmers do their business up the cycle). Cooking_by_smoke_alarm
  • Score: 2

11:22am Fri 28 Feb 14

swindondad says...

Morsey is correct and I am as guilty as the next householder, I have replaced most of the grass in my front garden with a driveway and laid some patio / a shed base at the rear if I was to do the same again (or to upgrade what I have done) I would pay more attention to the amount of "runoff" I was creating.

Maybe decking over a weed proof membrane instead of patio slabs, maybe slope the driveway to allow a "soak away" area to one side. It was just not something I thought about 8 - 10 years ago when I did the work but now I see its importance.

If we all make small changes the effect would be worthwhile.
Morsey is correct and I am as guilty as the next householder, I have replaced most of the grass in my front garden with a driveway and laid some patio / a shed base at the rear if I was to do the same again (or to upgrade what I have done) I would pay more attention to the amount of "runoff" I was creating. Maybe decking over a weed proof membrane instead of patio slabs, maybe slope the driveway to allow a "soak away" area to one side. It was just not something I thought about 8 - 10 years ago when I did the work but now I see its importance. If we all make small changes the effect would be worthwhile. swindondad
  • Score: 14

11:27am Fri 28 Feb 14

Always Grumpy says...

If, as the doom mongers Friends of the Earth claim, why, after the wettest winter since records began, hasn't all these areas they claim are prone to flooding not actually flooded.
What planet are these people on? Obviously not Earth.
If, as the doom mongers Friends of the Earth claim, why, after the wettest winter since records began, hasn't all these areas they claim are prone to flooding not actually flooded. What planet are these people on? Obviously not Earth. Always Grumpy
  • Score: 19

12:26pm Fri 28 Feb 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Morsey wrote:
Stop residents covering their entire gardens with concrete and block paving, water needs to find it's way naturally into the ground, the drainage system cannot cope with so few access points as a dispersal means.
A few people doing what you say is insignificant to the inappropriate building on flood plains and the lack of investment in the water systems for developments and river management.
[quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: Stop residents covering their entire gardens with concrete and block paving, water needs to find it's way naturally into the ground, the drainage system cannot cope with so few access points as a dispersal means.[/p][/quote]A few people doing what you say is insignificant to the inappropriate building on flood plains and the lack of investment in the water systems for developments and river management. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 10

3:35pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Morsey says...

Lord ... it would need a concerted effort, but take a look around certain areas of town where flooding is, or could be a risk, and it's clear to see that it's 'follow the neighbour' and it is the in thing to create extra parking as opposed to greenery. e.g. Avonmead, most of Haydon Wick and Abbeymeads ... not many lawns there!
Should have been controlled earlier, at one time residents had to apply to put down a concrete shed base!
Lord ... it would need a concerted effort, but take a look around certain areas of town where flooding is, or could be a risk, and it's clear to see that it's 'follow the neighbour' and it is the in thing to create extra parking as opposed to greenery. e.g. Avonmead, most of Haydon Wick and Abbeymeads ... not many lawns there! Should have been controlled earlier, at one time residents had to apply to put down a concrete shed base! Morsey
  • Score: 2

3:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Always Grumpy says...

Morsey wrote:
Lord ... it would need a concerted effort, but take a look around certain areas of town where flooding is, or could be a risk, and it's clear to see that it's 'follow the neighbour' and it is the in thing to create extra parking as opposed to greenery. e.g. Avonmead, most of Haydon Wick and Abbeymeads ... not many lawns there!
Should have been controlled earlier, at one time residents had to apply to put down a concrete shed base!
Rubbish!
How come there hasn't been mass flooding recently?
[quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: Lord ... it would need a concerted effort, but take a look around certain areas of town where flooding is, or could be a risk, and it's clear to see that it's 'follow the neighbour' and it is the in thing to create extra parking as opposed to greenery. e.g. Avonmead, most of Haydon Wick and Abbeymeads ... not many lawns there! Should have been controlled earlier, at one time residents had to apply to put down a concrete shed base![/p][/quote]Rubbish! How come there hasn't been mass flooding recently? Always Grumpy
  • Score: 4

4:01pm Fri 28 Feb 14

cockney dave says...

Quick, put up the taxes and blame the smokers as it was their smoke that broke the environment. Give more of our tax money to money grabbing pointless nanny state groups to help the climate and take all cars off the public and build a big barrier with the metal to defend us from the killer waves that will murder the country. Or better still, lets not believe the hype. Record floods, blah blah, been happening throughout the life of the planet. Carbon tax, the only alternative to taxing us for oxygen. Stop giving all the money to these groups, overseas aid, and the EU and clean up the rivers, create flow channels to wash the water away. Job done
Quick, put up the taxes and blame the smokers as it was their smoke that broke the environment. Give more of our tax money to money grabbing pointless nanny state groups to help the climate and take all cars off the public and build a big barrier with the metal to defend us from the killer waves that will murder the country. Or better still, lets not believe the hype. Record floods, blah blah, been happening throughout the life of the planet. Carbon tax, the only alternative to taxing us for oxygen. Stop giving all the money to these groups, overseas aid, and the EU and clean up the rivers, create flow channels to wash the water away. Job done cockney dave
  • Score: 11

4:06pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Wildwestener says...

cockney dave wrote:
Quick, put up the taxes and blame the smokers as it was their smoke that broke the environment. Give more of our tax money to money grabbing pointless nanny state groups to help the climate and take all cars off the public and build a big barrier with the metal to defend us from the killer waves that will murder the country. Or better still, lets not believe the hype. Record floods, blah blah, been happening throughout the life of the planet. Carbon tax, the only alternative to taxing us for oxygen. Stop giving all the money to these groups, overseas aid, and the EU and clean up the rivers, create flow channels to wash the water away. Job done
You need to get off the fence and say what you really mean.
[quote][p][bold]cockney dave[/bold] wrote: Quick, put up the taxes and blame the smokers as it was their smoke that broke the environment. Give more of our tax money to money grabbing pointless nanny state groups to help the climate and take all cars off the public and build a big barrier with the metal to defend us from the killer waves that will murder the country. Or better still, lets not believe the hype. Record floods, blah blah, been happening throughout the life of the planet. Carbon tax, the only alternative to taxing us for oxygen. Stop giving all the money to these groups, overseas aid, and the EU and clean up the rivers, create flow channels to wash the water away. Job done[/p][/quote]You need to get off the fence and say what you really mean. Wildwestener
  • Score: 9

4:07pm Fri 28 Feb 14

scottwichall says...

Wildwestener wrote:
cockney dave wrote:
Quick, put up the taxes and blame the smokers as it was their smoke that broke the environment. Give more of our tax money to money grabbing pointless nanny state groups to help the climate and take all cars off the public and build a big barrier with the metal to defend us from the killer waves that will murder the country. Or better still, lets not believe the hype. Record floods, blah blah, been happening throughout the life of the planet. Carbon tax, the only alternative to taxing us for oxygen. Stop giving all the money to these groups, overseas aid, and the EU and clean up the rivers, create flow channels to wash the water away. Job done
You need to get off the fence and say what you really mean.
I think he did....
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cockney dave[/bold] wrote: Quick, put up the taxes and blame the smokers as it was their smoke that broke the environment. Give more of our tax money to money grabbing pointless nanny state groups to help the climate and take all cars off the public and build a big barrier with the metal to defend us from the killer waves that will murder the country. Or better still, lets not believe the hype. Record floods, blah blah, been happening throughout the life of the planet. Carbon tax, the only alternative to taxing us for oxygen. Stop giving all the money to these groups, overseas aid, and the EU and clean up the rivers, create flow channels to wash the water away. Job done[/p][/quote]You need to get off the fence and say what you really mean.[/p][/quote]I think he did.... scottwichall
  • Score: 4

4:22pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ChannelX says...


Carbon tax, the only alternative to taxing us for oxygen.


Best post I've read on here so far this year.

So very true.
[quote] Carbon tax, the only alternative to taxing us for oxygen. [/quote] Best post I've read on here so far this year. So very true. ChannelX
  • Score: 6

4:57pm Fri 28 Feb 14

The Real Librarian says...

QUOTE
Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, said: ““The recent floods are a wake-up call on the need to do more to protect households from climate change.
UNQUOTE
What a **** stupid thing to say Bob, given that the Met Office’s top expert, Professor Mat Collins, lead author of the IPCC reports and expert on the systems that gave us the recent rain, has said that there is no evidence to link the winter storms and climate change.
Warmists do say that we are likely to get more rain as a result of climate change, however they also said temperature would rise 0.2 – 0.4 degrees per decade this century (giving 2 – 4 degrees by 2100) and there hasn’t been any warming since 1997. In fact global temperatures have only gone up 0.8 degrees total since 1850.

Dunno ‘bout you lot but I can cope with temperatures 0.8 degree’s warmer and if the current level temperatures continue, that may be all we get.

QUOTE
Flood defence plans must take into account the expected impacts of climate change, like more rainfall and higher sea levels.
UNQUOTE
Predictions brought to you by the people who predicted rising temperatures that don’t seem to have happened for 18 years now.
QUOTE
QUOTE Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, said: ““The recent floods are a wake-up call on the need to do more to protect households from climate change. UNQUOTE What a **** stupid thing to say Bob, given that the Met Office’s top expert, Professor Mat Collins, lead author of the IPCC reports and expert on the systems that gave us the recent rain, has said that there is no evidence to link the winter storms and climate change. Warmists do say that we are likely to get more rain as a result of climate change, however they also said temperature would rise 0.2 – 0.4 degrees per decade this century (giving 2 – 4 degrees by 2100) and there hasn’t been any warming since 1997. In fact global temperatures have only gone up 0.8 degrees total since 1850. Dunno ‘bout you lot but I can cope with temperatures 0.8 degree’s warmer and if the current level temperatures continue, that may be all we get. QUOTE Flood defence plans must take into account the expected impacts of climate change, like more rainfall and higher sea levels. UNQUOTE Predictions brought to you by the people who predicted rising temperatures that don’t seem to have happened for 18 years now. QUOTE The Real Librarian
  • Score: 7

11:37pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Oik1 says...

As has been said, if these 2,500 homes are at risk of flooding, then why havn't they already been flooded with this years record rainfall ?
I can only imagine they are at real risk if there's a second coming of Noah or there's a particularly high tide at Coate Water!
As has been said, if these 2,500 homes are at risk of flooding, then why havn't they already been flooded with this years record rainfall ? I can only imagine they are at real risk if there's a second coming of Noah or there's a particularly high tide at Coate Water! Oik1
  • Score: 3

2:04pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Mukkin says...

Morsey wrote:
Stop residents covering their entire gardens with concrete and block paving, water needs to find it's way naturally into the ground, the drainage system cannot cope with so few access points as a dispersal means.
Valid point, however the powers that be would love it if Joe Public were held up as the ones responsible for the flooding, when greedy councils, developers, bankers and mortgage companies don't give a flying fig when they build thousands of new developments around and on flood plains and reap the rewards.
[quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: Stop residents covering their entire gardens with concrete and block paving, water needs to find it's way naturally into the ground, the drainage system cannot cope with so few access points as a dispersal means.[/p][/quote]Valid point, however the powers that be would love it if Joe Public were held up as the ones responsible for the flooding, when greedy councils, developers, bankers and mortgage companies don't give a flying fig when they build thousands of new developments around and on flood plains and reap the rewards. Mukkin
  • Score: 2

12:19am Mon 3 Mar 14

cockney dave says...

Excellent comments stating the truth that this is all rubbish. Where are the lefties right now? all wrapped up in bed with the heating on using all that gas/electricity and causing this non-climate change lol
Excellent comments stating the truth that this is all rubbish. Where are the lefties right now? all wrapped up in bed with the heating on using all that gas/electricity and causing this non-climate change lol cockney dave
  • Score: 1

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