Wanstead Flooding Petition

Many streets** in the Wanstead area are assessed by the Environment Agency as having some homes at high risk of surface water flooding.

You can find the assessment for your street here: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/long-term-flood-risk/postcode

Please support our petition to Redbridge Council

Many residents and businesses still want to know what is being done to limit flash flooding in the future after serious flooding in several streets here on 25th July.

We the undersigned have concerns:

  • about the lack of any response (at the third week of October) to the many residents who contacted Redbridge Council soon after the floods.
  • that the Council (in its Cabinet paper, 14 September) has congratulated itself on the help and support it provided to residents in some areas of the borough, including organizing free bulky waste collections and free skips after the flooding. In contrast, residents in Hermon Hill, whose flats were flooded, were refused exactly that help when they asked for it. The Council seems unaware that emergency response teams did not go to neighbourhoods like Wanstead, where residents had to fend for themselves.
  • that the Council carrying out a formal investigation under section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act, 2010 into which bodies were responsible and what actions they carried out after 25th July is wasting time when the Council should already be working in close partnership with Thames Water.
  • Redbridge Council as a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) should work with other bodies, like Thames Water, to identify ways of reducing flood risks and seek funding to do so. Its Flood Risk Management Strategy, dated December 2015, is meant to guide those efforts. And yet, this Strategy seems to be a ‘dead letter’ as the Council has failed to deliver on its commitments. The need now is for a proper, new Strategy that treats the local flooding aspects of our climate crisis with urgency.
  • The Council needs to involve Wanstead residents much more actively. Other London Boroughs offer practical advice on actions that individuals can take to limit damage to their properties, as well as helping them understand how public authorities are working to reduce the risks in an area.

We the undersigned seek:

  • A commitment to urgent action that recognizes how flash flooding has become more frequent here in Wanstead – that action must include a new local Flood Risk Management Strategy and a commitment to work more closely with Thames Water.
  • An end to discrimination against Wanstead residents and a commitment to provide emergency help and support consistently across the borough.
  • Much closer involvement of Wanstead residents and radically improved communication with the Council on what public bodies need to do to reduce risks of flooding and practical support to individuals to help them limit damage to their properties.

Streets in Wanstead with at least some houses/flats or businesses at high risk of surface water flooding according to the Environment Agency’s assessment:  Malcolm Way, Rivenhall Gardens, Sylvan Road, Hermon Hill (south of Rodney Road), Wellesley Road, Wellington Road, Halstead Road, Cowley Road, Elmcroft Avenue, Leicester Road (from Grove Park to The Avenue), Gloucester Road, Gardner Close, Colvin Gardens, Cranbourne Ave, Foxglove Gardens, Deynecourt Gardens, Greenstone Mews, Hermitage Walk, Wanstead High Street.

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