Will Forster

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Consultation on Hoe Steam works

by willforster on 5 October, 2017

Back in 2013, I submitted a motion to get Woking Borough Council to protect homes by the Hoe Stream in Kingfield, Mayford and Old Woking from flooding by extending the Hoe Valley Scheme further up and downstream – at long last, the Council is consulting on its plans for a ‘Hoe Valley Scheme Mark II’.

The Borough Council wants to enhance biodiversity and reduce the risk of flooding to local homes and businesses, whilst improving accessibility to green spaces along the Hoe Stream.

Both the Council and I want local people to share their views on its proposals and any experiences they have of flooding.  Two public drop-in events will be held where visitors can share their views with flood engineers and find out more about the proposals on.

The first one is today, between 4 and 8 pm at Mayford Village Hall.  The second event, will be held at the Pool in the Park on Wednesday 11th October 2017, also between 4 and 8 pm.

Anyone unable to attend the two public drop-in sessions can visit Woking Leisure Centre where the exhibition will be on display or see the plans online here: www.woking.gov.uk/hoestreamrestoration.

The Council wants to submit a planning application for the work in early 2018 – however, 60% of the £11 million cost of the scheme is likely to come from funding from the European Union.  Needless to say this money is completely at risk with Brexit, so this project is hardly guaranteed to go ahead.

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