Work was completed during summer 2014 on a pumping platform by River Gardens. Previously during flooding, pipes were trailed from lower Wintringham Way into the river. This caused some serious damage to the riverbank, presented a significant trip hazard to residents, and was a limiting factor in keeping the roads open. It is envisaged that, for future flooding events, the new platform will help prevent any further erosion of the riverbank, allow the pipes to be secured firmly in place to avoid any future health and safety hazards caused by flapping pipes, and help keep the roads open as much as possible.
Work was completed in 2014 on a new five metre wide bund to the north of Wintringham Way, to help alleviate the impact of flooding in Purley.
Purley Parish Council vice-chairman, Councillor Bernard Nix, said: “We, in the lower village, welcome the news that the bund is to go ahead at last.
“We recognise that it is not a full solution to our flooding problems, but it will go some way to protect the eastern end of the village, and in particular enable the road to remain open longer. We appreciate the efforts of our MP Alok Shama on our behalf, without which I am sure we would still be trying to get action taken.”
The EA undertook grass cutting on the bund during the Summer of 2015. The fence protecting the bund is to remain in place for the next 2-3 years.
New Access Bridge to the Lock
The work on the lock bridge at the top end of the Causeway was completed in the Summer of 2015. The new bridge has a capacity of 3 to 4 times the old bridge. This will allow more water to pass under it which, during flooding events, should provide some flood alleviation to Mapledurham Drive and the upper end of Wintringham Way.
Coming soon - watch this space