Map reveals whole of town at flood risk

Gazette: Community under threat - the red areas represent a high risk of flooding Community under threat - the red areas represent a high risk of flooding

A FLOOD risk map has revealed the whole of Heybridge could be under threat.

The map, which was developed by consultants for Maldon Council, shows the areas at risk and is designed to help the council allocate land for development.

The areas in red, which make up the majority of the plan, represent a high hazard of flooding. Orange depicts a medium risk, with a low risk highlighted in yellow.

Some northern parts of the village heading towards Great Totham are said to be at no risk.

The map came to light after a resident raised concerns with planning officials that it had not been publicised well.

The council said it displayed the map at the recent consultation event, and has been made available as part of the process in developing the Local Development Framework. It is also published on its website.

The resident, who asked not to be named, said: “Until today, it appeared to be buried in the small print.

“It seems that suddenly they decided to make it available, but they have still not drawn public attention to the level of flood risk affecting the community in Heybridge.”

More information about areas within the district that could be at risk of flooding is available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk

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1:24pm Wed 3 Jun 09

Gideon Smythe says...

If you listen carefully you can actually hear the price of houses dropping in Heybridge.
If you listen carefully you can actually hear the price of houses dropping in Heybridge. Gideon Smythe
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2:16pm Wed 3 Jun 09

Juno says...

On the other hand, if you want to be in a place where development might be halted for the foreseeable future and you can see that what you buy is what you get.....?

Worth the risk, maybe?

Don't bother about enquiring the insurance rates, though!
On the other hand, if you want to be in a place where development might be halted for the foreseeable future and you can see that what you buy is what you get.....? Worth the risk, maybe? Don't bother about enquiring the insurance rates, though! Juno
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2:17pm Wed 3 Jun 09

Juno says...

PS ... and dig a large, deep moat to protect your property?
PS ... and dig a large, deep moat to protect your property? Juno
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5:32pm Wed 3 Jun 09

Taj says...

Anyone that needed this map to let them know Heybridge is likely to flood must be living in a different County
Anyone that needed this map to let them know Heybridge is likely to flood must be living in a different County Taj
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12:28pm Thu 4 Jun 09

Sidney Harbour-Bridge says...

Doesn't look like the flood map on the environment agency web site, so who is right? I agree with Taj, it's obvious that the area will flood, particularly as the government is breaching the sea wall in Essex so that it floods instead of London. They have to protect the MP's second homes after all.
Doesn't look like the flood map on the environment agency web site, so who is right? I agree with Taj, it's obvious that the area will flood, particularly as the government is breaching the sea wall in Essex so that it floods instead of London. They have to protect the MP's second homes after all. Sidney Harbour-Bridge
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