08 JUL 2016

Flushed with Success: Greg has Tunbridge Wells Drainage Plan Brought Forward

Greg has persuaded Southern Water to bring forward the date of a crucial drainage plan which will help tackle flooding in the town in the future.

Following a number of meetings to discuss last August's flooding of the Pantiles and surrounding area, Southern Water – the local drainage authority – stated their intention to compile a Drainage Area Plan for Tunbridge Wells South, with work commencing in either 2017 or 2018.

Greg thought this was too long to wait and pressed Southern Water to start the work earlier. In a letter last month to their Chief Executive, Martin Wright, he wrote, "The case for doing so is reinforced by the experience of residents this past week who have witnessed drain covers lifting and emitting raw effluent, a situation which I understand Warwick Park Residents' Association first raised with Southern Water three years ago. I very much hope you will agree that such a situation is completely unacceptable."

Greg said:

"I am delighted that Southern Water have agreed to bring forward the creation of a drainage plan. The sooner the report is compiled, the sooner works to improve the town's drains can take place. I will be continuing to take a keen interest in this matter to ensure Southern Water do not break their promise."

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