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  • Boosting primary school places in Reading: In the Press
    to apply to become an academy Lack of cash could scupper All Saints School expansion All Saints Infant Schools plans to grow Approval for new school Victory for free school campaigners Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough and West Berkshire Reading Battle Kentwood Minster Norcot Southcote Tilehurst and Whitley West Berkshire Birch Copse Calcot Pangbourne Purley Theale and

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  • MP delighted by Purley bund completion | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links MP delighted by Purley bund completion Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has expressed his satisfaction that the Purley bund flood defence works have now been largely completed with the only remaining work being dressing the top of the bund with soil and more grass seed shortly Mr Sharma first began working towards delivering the bund following a public meeting on flooding he chaired in spring 2013 and has worked over the past year and a half together with local district councillors parish councillors and the local flood forum to help to deliver this flood alleviation scheme Alok Sharma said Many of my constituents in Purley have been waiting for over a decade for some form of flood alleviation scheme and now we finally have the bund We all understand that during particularly bad weather events there will continue to be a risk from flooding but talking to my constituents I know they are delighted that this scheme has finally been delivered and hopefully it will make a difference Purley District Councillor Tim Metcalfe said This is one of a series of measures that will help reduce the impact of flooding in the riverside estate We will keep a watchful eye on the efficacy of the bund and react to any shortcomings In a written update to Alok Sharma the Environment Agency has said of the bund It will reduce the water entering Wintringham Way making our pumping more effective even when the bund is

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  • Planning permission granted for Purley flood alleviation works | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Planning permission granted for Purley flood alleviation works Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the news that planning permission has been granted by West Berkshire Council to start work on a five metre wide bund to the north of Wintringham Way to help alleviate the impact of flooding in Purley Proposals for the bund were discussed by the Environment Agency at a public meeting Alok organised for Purley residents in March 2013 and since then Alok and members of Purley Parish Council have been instrumental pushing forward to ensure the scheme was delivered The Environment Agency has indicated that work will now begin on the bund on Tuesday 26th August 2014 Work has already been completed on a pumping platform by River Gardens which will help prevent erosion of the riverbank and allows pipes to be secured firmly in place when flooding does occur to stop the pipes from moving during pumping and will help to keep the roads open Alok Sharma said It has taken a lot of prodding and even a bit of screaming from me but I am delighted that we now have the green light for works to start and after severe flooding over many years my Purley constituents will be relieved that a scheme is finally being delivered which I hope will help to alleviate some of the impact of flooding on local homes Vice Chairman of Purley Parish Council Bernard Nix said We in the lower village welcome the news that the bund is to go ahead at last We recognise that it is

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  • Future flood protection explained to residents during Purley public meeting | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    the Environment Agency at a public meeting he organised in April 2013 had not been delivered during 2013 West Berkshire Council representatives discussed the provisions for bin collections sand bags toilets pumps and buses and issues were also raised about the need for Royal Mail to in future be more informative about their redirection and collection services for those affected by the flooding The Environment Agency provided details of two projects relating to flooding it is undertaking in Purley 1 To build a five metre wide bund to the north of Wintringham Way Martin Bryan apologised on behalf of the Environment Agency for not starting work sooner on the bund but explained that funding has been secured for the work which will begin as soon as ground conditions allow The Environment Agency outlined the level of protection that the scheme would offer residents 2 The introduction of a pumping platform by River Gardens The Environment Agency will construct a platform on the side of the river so that when flooding does occur and pumps have to be deployed the pipes that are used can be securely fastened in place This will stop the pipes from moving during pumping and a ramp will be provided over the pipes ensuring the road remains usable for cars The platform will also stop the erosion to the river bank The Environment Agency also discussed a number of other options for flood alleviation which could be implemented including individual property level protection as well as other large flood alleviation schemes However the Agency explained that some of those possible options would not yield the cost to benefit ratio to which the Agency has to work and therefore would require some form of partnership funding to be implemented An initiative announced by the Prime Minister during the recent flooding to provide a repair and renew grant to businesses and households affected by flooding was also highlighted by Alok Sharma and West Berkshire Council officer Jon Winstanley The 5 000 grants which can be used to pay for repairs which improve a property s ability to withstand future flooding are being administered by the Council The meeting concluded with a question and answer session during which the dredging of the River Thames was raised Alok has received a written response from the Environment Agency which he promised to distribute to residents which states Dredging the River Thames would not be a sustainable method to reduce property flood risk simply because rivers silt up again relatively quickly One of the limitations to the perceived benefit of dredging is the in channel restrictions created by locks weirs culverts and low bridges These structures have a permanent bed level which cannot easily be lowered and consequently limits the amount of water that can flow through them As a result any dredging upstream of these structures would have little effect Alok Sharma said I would like to thank those that have worked so hard during the recent floods to help residents

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  • Sharma presses Environment Agency for quick delivery of Purley Flood Alleviation Scheme | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    initial meeting on Friday 10th January with the same parties to help accelerate progress on the flood alleviation scheme and it has now been confirmed by the Environment Agency that work will begin on a bund to the north of Wintringham Way as soon as the ground conditions allow The Environment Agency plans to have the work completed in March this year Alok is now organising an information meeting for local residents on Thursday 27th February 2014 at which the Environment Agency will present details of the flood alleviation scheme and the protection it will offer The meeting will be held at Purley Barn at 7pm To assist with planning those interested in attending should email alok sharma mp parliament uk or call 0118 9413 803 A number of Purley residents in Wintringham Way River Gardens and Chestnut Grove have faced flooding in recent weeks due to the River Thames rising Alok Sharma said Having visited residents who have faced flooding over Christmas and more recently I know how important it is that we get flood alleviation measures in place which were discussed by the Environment Agency in March last year at the public meeting I held in Purley Alok continued There are lessons to be learnt by the Environment Agency about the slow pace of delivering the bund at the back of Wintringham Way The Agency clearly dropped the ball and I absolutely get the frustration of affected residents However I am pleased that we have now agreed a schedule for works to take place and I will be continuing to press the Environment Agency for quick delivery of this scheme Purley Parish Council Vice Chair Bernard Nix said After nine months of frustration and irritation at the succession of delays to this project the residents of Purley welcome

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  • Sharma holds Purley public meeting on flooding | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    premiums The Environment Agency said that it was highly unlikely that it would be able to secure funding for a large scale long term solution in Purley However a number of other options for works were discussed including the possibility of undertaking works to fill in low points on a bund to the north of Wintringham Way This option is currently under review with the aim to carry out works during 2013 The Environment Agency also agreed as part of a review to look at property level protection measures such as providing flood barriers for individual properties at risk from flooding Following the meeting the Environment Agency also agreed to write to Alok detailing all of the action points being taken in relation to Purley and the timescale for each of the works being implemented along with an overview of the river and groundwater flooding issues affecting Purley and sources of further help and advice Alok Sharma agreed to distribute this letter to residents together with a questionnaire allowing residents to outline their flooding concerns To keep residents updated Alok Sharma suggested that the Environment Agency should send out a newsletter to residents on a quarterly basis with details of ongoing completed and future works Following a question raised by a resident about buses not stopping in Purley during floods West Berkshire Council confirmed that they have discussions ongoing with Reading Buses about safe alternative routes which would still stop in Lower Purley during times of flooding In January the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee RFCC announced that it would invest 10 5m in levy funding during 2013 14 in local flood defence schemes across London and the Thames Valley which is a 500 000 increase on the funding from the previous year Alok Sharma said The feedback I have received from local residents after the meeting suggests that they found it useful but of course what they want is for the Environment Agency to deliver in 2013 on some of the incremental flood mitigation measures discussed during the meeting I look forward to receiving the Agency s letter summarising the mitigation measures it is exploring for Purley with a timetable for potential implementation and will share this with all local residents and as promised I will also circulate a questionnaire to Purley households to get their further views on flood alleviation which is a big issue for local people Alok continued One of the frustrations residents have had in the past is the lack of information about the local work the Environment Agency is doing and so it is good news that at my suggestion the Agency will start to circulate a regular newsletter My grateful thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and a really big thank you to our Purley flood wardens who do such a great job when the local area does suffer from flooding Ian Tomes West Thames West Thames Flood and Coastal Risk Manager at the Environment Agency said It was good to be

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  • Delivery of Purley Bund: In the Press | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    in west Reading Oak Processionary Moth Outbreak in Pangbourne Pangbourne Business Rates Public meetings held with Thames Valley Police Safe road crossing on Dee Road Securing future for Circuit Lane Surgery Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Sewage problems in Theale Supporting Heathrow Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Delivery of Purley Bund In the Press MP welcomes green light for Purley flood relief work Funds in place to build flood bund in Purley Hyperfast broadband heading for Reading Flood defence to be built in Purley Printer friendly version Sign up for my e newsletter Email Address First Name Last Name Postcode Tweets by AlokSharma RDG View Working for Reading West in a larger map Alok Sharma Alok

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  • Delivery of Purley Bund: In the Press
    in place to build flood bund in Purley Hyperfast broadband heading for Reading Flood defence to be built in Purley Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough and West Berkshire Reading Battle Kentwood Minster Norcot Southcote Tilehurst and Whitley West Berkshire Birch Copse Calcot Pangbourne Purley Theale and Westwood Copyright 2016 All rights reserved This website is funded from

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