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 overtopped. Access roads will also benefit, giving residents of River Gardens prolonged access to their properties and reducing impacts on local services such as postal deliveries and bin collections.”

Photo: Alok Sharma with Purley District Councillor Tim Metcalfe and Vice Chairman of Purley Parish Council Bernard Nix