On 20 July 2007, we had an exceptional downpour of torrential rain, which led to flooding in many parts of our country, including in Sutton and Cheam, the constituency that I have the privilege to represent, affecting in particular those of my constituents who live in Green lane in Worcester Park. On that day, the Beverly brook flooded its banks, damaging property and causing great costs for many of my constituents and a good deal of disruption for many days after. Since that time, the Environment Agency has been working on a scheme to alleviate and minimise the risk of flooding, and it is about that scheme that I come to the House tonight on behalf of many of my constituents who have signed a local petition pressing for action now to implement the scheme.
The petition states:
To the House of Commons.
The Petition of residents of Green Lane, Pembury Avenue, Worcester Park and others,
Declares that the flooding of Green Lane and adjacent roads on the 20th July 2007 by the Beverly Brook caused damage to property, cost and disruption for the residents.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons calls upon Her Majesty's Government to implement the flood protection scheme recommended by the Environment Agency in the coming year.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.