Thousands of Deepcut homes at risk of flooding, councillor warns
By mattcollison | Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 12:15
THOUSANDS of homes around Deepcut could be at risk of flooding unless better preventative measures are put in place, a councillor has warned.
Councillor Chris Pitt said homes in Deepcut were at risk of flooding if Basingstoke Canal breached its banks.
County councillor Chris Pitt has called on Surrey County Council to make the Deepcut area a higher priority for flood prevention due to the Basingstoke Canal being nearby.
Cllr Pitt was speaking at October's Surrey Heath local committee meeting during a discussion on SCC local flood risk strategy, when he gave the warning.
The Frimley Green and Mytchett ward councillor said: "Looking at the strategy there is no mention at all of Deepcut.
"When you've had huge rains that is a huge problem and it should be in this strategy.
"The Basingstoke Canal is only three or four feet deep but it's 29 miles long and there are thousands and thousands of developments there.
"If you had a break there in the middle of the night you would have about three thousand houses flooded.This should be in our strategy. "
The call comes as Surrey County Council sets out its flood risk strategy for the next five years.
The strategy also identifies Camberley as among the top ten places in Surrey most at risk of surface flooding.
Residents are being consulted for their views on the strategy until the end of November. The consultation can be found at www.surreycc.gov.uk/floodriskstrategy.
In a report to councillors Deborah Fox, strategy team manager, said: "In terms of prioritising locally important schemes, we will consider areas of the county where there are concentrations of vulnerable residents, who could be particularly at risk in the event of flooding - for example elderly, disabled or less mobile residents."