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North Reading and Lower Caversham have flooded many times in recent years. In 2012 and 2014, homes and businesses in low-lying areas of Caversham flooded. In 2003, many houses were surrounded by floodwater and a number of roads were closed to vehicles, some for as long as 5 days.
The Environment Agency is working with partners to investigate options to reduce flooding from the River Thames in north Reading and Lower Caversham.
1. Public consultation report
During summer 2018 the Environment Agency held public drop-ins to understand people’s views on reducing flood risk in north Reading and Lower Caversham. Many people came to find out about the Environment Agency’s ideas, speak to the project team and share their knowledge on the local area.
There was also the opportunity for you to take part in an online consultation so that the Environment Agency could fully understand your views. A report on the consultation responses is available.
2. The next steps
To enable those people who wanted more detail and to have the opportunity to comment on the Environment Agency’s proposals, a more detailed design has been developed.
This does not mean that the Environment Agency is definitely going to go ahead with a scheme. At this stage the Environment Agency is carrying out further work, re-evaluating the options. It is looking at ways of adapting its ideas based on the feedback and information you have shared. The Environment Agency hopes to put forward a preferred option that will reduce flood risk and address some of the information you shared.
The consultation also showed that the Environment Agency has not yet managed to engage with all the communities who could benefit from reduced flood risk. The Environment Agency is therefore continuing to investigate options and carry out further engagement to ensure the views are gained from all affected communities.
3. December drop-in
The Environment Agency is holding another public drop to share the latest design: Thursday 6 December from 2:30pm to 7:30pm at:
Caversham Baptist Church
Drop in at any time. No need to book.