Anglian Water boss meets with local MP to discuss ongoing investment and joint flood prevention on Canvey Island

Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris and Anglian Water’s Director of Water Recycling, Paul Gibbs met on Friday to discuss the recent flooding on Canvey.

The meeting was jointly organised by the two parties, following discussions between Rebecca and Anglian Water’s CEO, to discuss the actions being taken by the water company following the recent flooding on the Island and to emphasise/show the importance of closer collaboration between local authorities to find a long term solution to the problem.

The meeting began at Chapman Road where Rebecca was given a hands-on demonstration of Anglian Water’s ongoing programme of sewer maintenance. Once completed, Canvey’s sewer network will have been systematically cleaned and surveyed, alongside Highways and the Environment Agency’s respective drainage networks, to make sure the system is working effectively and that there are no blockages.

Rebecca was also taken to visit the Long Road Pumping Station; responsible for pumping the used water for the whole of Canvey to the local Water Recycling Centre. Over and above the usual equipment, Long Road has an additional on-site automatic generator which ensures the station keeps running even if the main power network fails.

The meeting concluded at Benfleet Water Recycling Centre where Rebecca was shown how more than £10m has been invested by Anglian Water to reduce odour from the site and improve its efficiency.

Paul Gibbs from Anglian Water, said: “It has been incredibly valuable to spend this time with Rebecca and to demonstrate to her the high level of investment and maintenance which is taking place in and around Castle Point.

“We know that flooding is one of the most distressing things people can face and we want to assure residents on Canvey, Benfleet and across our wider region, that we are doing all that we can to make sure that the parts of the drainage network we are responsible for are well maintained and fit for purpose.”

Rebecca Harris, MP for Castle Point, said “It was good to see Anglian Water’s operations in action and I am pleased to see that Anglian Water is working hard and investing heavily in the area.

“It is vital that Anglian Water and the other agencies continue to focus on reducing the risks of flooding for my residents, as well as the work they are doing to remove bad odours from their sites.

“I will continue to do all that I can to help broker a long term solution to the flooding around Castle Point I assure residents now that it will be my personal mission to ensure the Environment Agency, Castle Point Council, Essex County Council and Anglian Water work together and act on the findings of the Defra report, due to be published following the conclusion of the Chief Government Scientist’s investigation.”