Boris visits the Kenley emergency services
11/02/2014 17:05:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
Along with council leader Mike Fisher and GLA Member (and Kenley councillor) Steve O'Connell, I toured the site of the Kenley Water Teatment plant again today, hosting London Mayor Boris Johnson. That's my third visit in three working days, so the water company staff and I are getting to know each other pretty well! The work is continuing to protect our water supply and to defend residents' houses near the Bourne from the effects of the recent rains.
Boris was hugely impressed by the scale of the effort going in to the operation and praised the water company, the council and the emergency services for the enormous collaborative effort.
Both Boris and the councillors also talked to local businesses and residents along the Godstone Road, which continues to be closed to non-local traffic. So impressed has the local florist been with the council and emergency services' efforts, that she gave Boris a Valentines rose, by way of a thank you! Clearly the road closure has been bad for businesses who rely on passing trade, but it continues to be necessary to use the road as the conduit for the many kilometres of pipe which are preventing the flooding of both the businesses and nearby homes. It will be reopened as soon as it is practicable, but the water removal has to be the priority whilst the weather is so unsettled and the ground is saturated with water.
Today's rain raised the water levels in the critical areas again, but the pumping operation to create capacity for the expected rainfall over the next 48 hours continues. Sutton & East Surrey Water has been working closely with Thames Water, who both supply water to adjoining areas and provide the sewerage system, to develop contingency plans for how to cope in the event that there is no respite in the rains.
I will continue to post updates on this blog, as the situation develops.