Tuesday, July 19, 2011

River Roding Flood Consultation

Image: Dredging at Charlie Brown's roundabout

The Environment Agency is currently consulting on their recommendations for managing flood risk in the Roding catchment. These recommendations contain a number of proposals relevant to Redbridge, including pumping stations at (a) Charlie Brown's Roundabout and (b) Winn Brook (playing fields - cnr Broadmead Road and Chigwell Road) and a flood storage area to the south-east of the intersection of Snakes Lane East and Chigwell Road (between Chigwell Road and the Roding / M11, in the vicinity of Broadmead Baptist Church).

Consultation closes on 26 September 2011. There will be a public exhibition on 23 August 2011 from 11 am to 9 pm, at the Broadmead Baptist Church, Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8PE. Full details of the proposals and consultation arrangements can be found on the Environment Agency website here.

And here is the Roding webcam, which is updated every 15 minutes. 


  1. "Management" of the River Roding is exactly what has caused the flood problem. Much of the Roding was flanked by water meadows, a dwindling habitat that supports specific wild plants and wildlife. Water meadows flood. No problem until you start building homes, flats, roads, bridges, even a cemetary, on the water meadows. Then the water has to go somewhere else. Whoops! Floods. Preserving what is left of our water meadows is vital. Will the clots who want to "manage" the Roding listen? No way!

    When campaigners tried to stop the cemetary being built on a part of the water meadow, the council shouted them down as "racist". (It is a Muslim cemetary.) Fatheads in power who know nothing about water meadows! Here we go again.

  2. The real problem started when the M11 was built and all the meanders in the river were straightened out and the river canalised.

    If you look closely the original bridge over the Roding in Chigwell Road by Ashton Playing fields is still there, but the river isn't.

  3. At the most recent Allotment Forum meeting, somebody asked a question regarding the fact that the Environment Agency was going to re-establish an allotment site (now marked as 'reserved') along the river Roding, not far from Wanstead Park, providing the Agency could use the area for overflow if and when necessary.
    This presentation was about a year ago by a group of people led by Stefania Horne (of Allotment Strategy fame). The presentation was approved. Then nothing was said about it until last meeting when a member asked if this plan was going ahead.
    The allotment officer present at the recent meeting (who was not aware of the presentation by Stefania Horne) made a note of the query and said he would ask her and come back to us at the next meeting.
    So, it will be interesting for me to research the paper work from the comfort of my chair, thanks to the ever watching eye of Barkingside 21

  4. If this wasn't tragic it would make you smile.
    Is this the same Environment Agency who answered Council officers' enquiry as to when they were going to dredge the River Roding were told that the EA would have to wait until the water went down to a suitable level? By the way the River is tidal.

    Is this the same organisation, together with Thames Water sat on their hands through the flooding of 2000 and the near miss in 2008? It was the persistant of Council officers and myself, together with OFWAT that Thames Water installed non returnable flood valves in 3 locations to prevent the back wash flooding in those areas.

    The question needs to be asked as to what long term maintenance programme the Environment Agency will have to look after this scheme; and ask for the answer in writing!

  5. There have been many schemes over the years to improve the River Roding and Barking Creek - there is an interesting example here.

    The Roding has a tidal rise and fall up to just north of Ilford Bridge, controlled by a series of anti-flood locks and there is a flood barrier at Creekmouth. Further North of Ilford Bridge (from the Golf Course) there are a series of weirs that are intended to hold water back so that the anti-flood defences further South are not overwhelmed. Part of the problem is that the Roding is the rainwater drain for a large part of Essex! If there is heavy rainfall and someone forgets to adjust the flow through the weirs then flooding occurs in Redbridge.

    This is a situation that would benefit from a Control Centre from which barriers can be opened and closed automatically but these cost millions and the Roding is obviously not considered a high enough priority.