Jeremy always supports his constituents and has been working hard to mitigate the flooding which the area experienced following the extreme weather over Christmas and New Year 2014. Along with Leader of Waverley Borough Council, Cllr Robert Knowles, Jeremy set up the Waverley Infrastructure Resilience Group comprising all leading agencies concerned with the areas infrastructure such as: The Environment Agency, SSE Power, Thames Water, Surrey County Council, BT and resident representatives from Godalming - one of the hardest hit areas.
Jeremy said, “Since the terrible weather hit over Christmas and New Year it was crucial to take hold of the situation to ensure that as an area we would be better prepared in the future. The impact of days of power cuts and the severity of the flooding, particularly in the Godalming area, was devastating – some residents only now being able to return to their homes. Each of the Group’s member organisations has been diligently assessing their processes and procedures, implementing repairs and renewing its infrastructure, improving their communication channels and planning for a more co-ordinated response should we experience similar this Winter. I am proud to say that the Waverley Infrastructure Resilience Group is one of only a few examples nationally which has pro-actively taken forward such a strategic approach and whilst there is still much work to do, long-term, to protect the area well into the future, we do hope that our residents will find the Winter Plan helpful and reassuring”
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The flood protection scheme for Godalming has now been designed and awaits planning approval. Works are expected to start later in 2018.