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The Jubilee River - key facts
A £110m world-class, award winning scheme that fell apart on first use and is still unable to carry its design capacity!
£5m in repairs, a £2.75m out-of-court settlement for sub-standard design and now degrading fast.
The Environment Agency continues to deny liability for this fiasco!!
And now we have the £300m LTFRMS proposal ................
Project conceived around 1984
Purpose - to reduce the risk of flooding in Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton
MWEFAS - Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood Alleviation Scheme
Takes flood water out of Thames upstream of Maidenhead
Transports flood water in a parallel channel
Returns flood water into Thames downstream of Windsor (in Datchet)
Public Inquiry into MWEFAS - 1992 (Please contact me for details)
Ministerial approval (with reservations) - 1995
Over 400 Compulsory Purchase Orders raised.
Built by the Environment Agency - 1997/2002 approx
12km long, 50m wide man-made channel
£110m of your money to build world-class award-winning scheme
Mis-operated and fell apart on first use in January 2003
Major structural damage to channel at only 2/3rds of design capacity.
Diverted floodwater on to defenceless villages downstream of Windsor
Hundreds of households affected by flooding for the first time since 1947
Public Inquiry refused
EA road-show - exercise in spin and obfuscation at public expense.
Flood Risk Action Group whitewash, Thames Flood Forum ceased (EA withdrew funding)
Thousands of households suffer increased insurance costs - to both premium and excess
Some households now unable to obtain property insurance
Revised EA flood maps affect property values
Jubilee River needed £millions in repair costs (estimate - £5m)
Sub-standard design and construction exposed
Jubilee River still unable to carry design capacity of 215 cumecs
Gauge boards submerged
Flood water hazard at Black Potts
Dredging of River Thames (for flood defence purposes) abandoned 1996
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