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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd writes to Secretary of State over concerns of flooding at Kings Drive

February 17, 2014 2:46 PM

Stephen Lloyd MP has written to the Secretary of State for Communities, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, over his concerns that the proposed Kings Drive Development will be prone to flooding, despite previous concerns being overruled by the Environment Agency and the Planning Inspectorate.

The proposed development is intended to be built on the marshy land alongside Kings Drive, despite long standing disputes from local residents who do not want it to go ahead. Standing water can regularly be seen near the proposed site and this is exacerbated during periods of flooding like the present.

Stephen Lloyd said: "The recent floods across Southern England have been horrific, and with more extreme weather forecast for coming decades, we must make sure that we minimise the disturbance by not building in flood prone areas. Everybody knows the proposed Kings Drive development is adjacent to a flood plain. Surely some of the extreme weather we have seen in Surrey, Berkshire and other parts of the UK tell us that areas near flood plains should not be built on. At the very least I believe sites such as this by Kings Drive, need to be re-evaluated by the Environment Agency.

He added: "I have written to The Secretary of State outlining my concerns and asking that he or the Environment Agency step in. This development is hugely unpopular locally, and residents concerns remain as strong as ever. I urge the developer Bovis Homes to reconsider this development, so this whole saga can be concluded in a way that satisfies us all as well as retaining this vital green space by Eastbourne Park."