Purley Flood Defence Group (PFDG) formed.
PFDG meet with the Environment Agency to understand how they would work with us. EA explained they are undergoing re-organisation, further meetings will need to be arranged with new key EA representatives once EA has confirmed who they will be. Next meeting provisionally set for 29th April.
PFDG attend the National Flood Forum conference. Learned about what other organisations are doing to combat flood risk and future government plans for flood risk management. Met the Chair of the West Berks representative of Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (TRFCC) who explained that this committee is responsible for setting a local levy for flood risk management and consenting how it is spent. They will be the committee that ultimately signs off any scheme for Purley. The comittee has 25 members including the chair, 11 members appointed by the EA and 13 members appointed by each Lead Local Flood Authority. PFDG contacted our named member who represents Bracknell Forest, Hampshire, Reading, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhhead, Wokingham, West Sussex, to request a meeting.
PFDG initiate contact with other local communities such as Bucklebury to arrange meetings to discuss flood alleviation mesasures. WBC commit to facilitating a meeting with Pangbourne’s flood defence group.
PFDG begins to collect documentation from the 2003 post-flood project.
www.purleyflooddefence.org.uk goes live