From the very first proposals back in June 2018, the EA appears to have considered only heavy engineering options, i.e. a combination of deep-foundation walls and embankments and, later, the addition of a wide channel through the southern parts of Christchurch Meadow and Hills Meadow. Natural flood management combined with property-level resilience has never been […]
The flood alleviation scheme includes a wall running along the south bank of the Thames, between Caversham and Reading bridges. The wall will go underground as well as up higher than current walls. The construction will require the permanent loss of all trees along the path.
The Environment Agency’s proposals include a large earth wall, or bund, running the full length of the meadows. The structure is likely to be covered with earth and grass, but all bushes and trees will be cut down and no new plants will be allowed. The bund will run along the edge of the meadows, […]