flood-risk

Friday, 26 July 2013

Arundel Flood Risk – Call to Action

Arundel Flood Risk .
In my June article I highlighted the flood risk to Arundel and the costs that were needed to put defences in place (£10m for next 10 years, £23M for the next 50 years). 

I highlighted that due to the new government rules that only 31% of the money will be provided by central government through the Environment Agency and the rest would have to be provided locally.  When I say locally that should include West Sussex County Council (WSCC), Arun District Council (ADC) and the Town Council (ATC), as well as local businesses and households.

With this in mind, we need to ensure that WSCC take the lead role in driving the funding partnership, ADC and ATC have roles to play, but firstly we need acknowledgement from WSCC that it needs to take the lead role, so I have asked Mike De-Lara (ex Chairman of Arundel Community Partnership) to form a community group to pressure our councils to come together and provide a route map and plan for raising the money and implementing the works that are needed.

The new group is being called the Arundel Flood Risk Community Group (AFRCG) and is hoping to hold a public meeting at the Town Hall at the end of September, I hope all residents will attend, but certainly those from the 400 or so households and businesses that are at short, medium and long-term flood risk.

I believe as well as planning for the future flood defences that householders should take their own steps to protect their homes, if you are renovating your home, then move the plugs and sockets to a higher level but also Arun has been holding road shows recently on protecting your home with simple products, e.g. airbrick covers, waterproof slats for doors, toilet seals, etc, etc
As a community we will need to get ahead of the curve, ATC is likely to have to provide some 10% of the funds, so I believe there should be an increase in the precept per household of about £26pa (50p per week).  This would provide a yearly total of about £30k which with compound interest can grow to £420,000 over 10 years. Also those households and businesses at risk will have to be prepared to make individual contributions.

The important thing to realise is that with no local contributions, there will be no Government contribution, and that therefore the flood risk to the people, homes and businesses in Arundel will remain unabated.

So let’s ensure Arundel is in the headlines for the fantastic place it is to live and visit, and not as a centre of flooding with television crews recording the misery of flooded out homes.
Until next month, my email is Pauldendle@aol.com

  

Monday, 1 July 2013

Mid Term Report

I am now two years into my 4 year term and I need to
Mid Term Review.
update you on some electoral pledges, I know the well known retort is that you only hear from politicians at election time, so hopefully this will be a refreshing change for residents.

 I cannot claim this is all my own work and I have been working closely with officers, Arundel Town Council and West Sussex County Council, but I do feel that together we are starting to solve some of the long term problems.

Traffic Calming
I promised I would find a solution to speeding rat run drivers using Canada Road to shave a couple of minutes off their journeys, I have been pushing for two 20mph zones for Arundel,  for those that don’t know a 20mph zone is where you have signs at the entrance to an area and all that area will be a 20mph zone.  I can report that these are now looking like a real possibility.    One zone will be the area covered from following junctions/points Jarvis road/A27, Ford Road/A27 roundabout and the Ford road as you come into Arundel from Ford.  The other zone will be for the old town, from following junctions/points A27 Roundabout/Maltravers Street, London Road/A29, The Causeway/A27 roundabout and Mill Road by Swanbourne Lake.  All roads within these zones would be 20mph; this will slow drivers down and make Arundel a safer place for our children and the elderly.

Ford Road HGV ban
This is a more intracticable problem and is being linked to the provision of a Lyminster bypass which will be built in the next 5 years; I cannot get the support of this scheme until the bypass is built as it will drive HGV’s towards the current Lyminster road and through Lyminster.  But I do believe we can try and get it de-listed as a HGV route with Satellite Navigation systems, this is something the Transport Minister Norman Baker has been pushing and we can try and get West Sussex County Council to use this government initiative to stop some of the foreign Lorries using Ford Road.

Keep weekly Refuse Collection
This is guaranteed until 2017, we re-tendered the contract in 2012 extending it for 5 years and shaving £200k off the contract for the next 5 years

Protect our Environment & improve recycling
The mechanical Recovery Unit is being built in Horsham and as well as the green bins recycling, the food and non recyclable plastics will be processed.  The food will go to an anaerobic digester to make fertiliser and the currently non-recyclable plastics will be made into pellets to be used to generate electricity.  This will take our recycling up to very high levels, also you may not be aware, but Arun receives nearly a £1m pounds a year for the recyclables from manufactures and this is because they are at a very high quality thanks to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)  unit at Ford.

Maintain low council tax
Council tax has been frozen since 2011 and I will campaign to continue that.







   

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