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‘VERY EMOTIONAL’: Meeting held in Chalfont St Peter as residents search for solution to flooding issue

 Published on: 12th May 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A meeting called to address concerns about flooding in Chalfont St Peter was inundated with residents.

At a meeting on April 16 organised by the parish council, 457 people arrived at Gold Hill Hub in search of clarity on the chronic flooding issues in the village. The meeting was designed to be a workshop with Thames Water, the Environment Agency, the groundwater team, Buckinghamshire Highways and the Buckinghamshire Flooding team hosting information stalls.

The council had not expected such a huge turnout, and residents quickly became frustrated as they struggled to speak to people behind the stalls. Realising the meeting was becoming unproductive, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, councillor Martin Tett, convened an impromptu stage session with Thames Water.

Councillor Gareth Williams says there was a series of “very emotional” questions and comments from residents whose lives have been severely affected by the flooding.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said:

“We take pollution incidents very seriously. We have instructed Thames Water to urgently manage sewage overflowing from manholes in the Misbourne Valley caused by flooded sewers.

“Our specialist officers continue to investigate the issue for any effect on the environment.

“Anyone can report suspected pollution or flooding to our 24-hour incident hotline: 0800 807060.”

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