Dear Common Council of the City of London,
I would like to know how much has been spent on flood defences over the last 5 years. In addition, I would also like to find out how much the council has spent repairing flood damages.
Dear Ms Elizabeth,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 (FOIA) – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
The City of London (CoL) acknowledges receipt of your request for
information of 28 September 2018.
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Dear Ms Elizabeth,
ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS (EIR) - INFORMATION REQUEST
Following your request for information of 28 September 2018, and our
acknowledgement of the same date, the City of London (CoL) responds as
Please note, your request was initially logged under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA), but has been reassigned as it is considered to be
more appropriate to respond under the Environmental Information
Work on flood defence walls is required to be carried out by the riparian
owners and the CoL is not required to be made aware of these.
However any works would require an Environment Agency license(s), further
information concerning flood defences may be available from them. We have
added the link to the Environment Agency webpage, which may be of
assistance to you :
The CoL, as a riparian owner is responsible for two sections of flood
defences, these are located at Swan Lane and Trig Lane. We are currently
in the process of authorising repairs to these 2 sections to the value of
£158,000. We confirm that no other monies have been spent on flood defence
works, at these two sites, in the last 5 years.
The CoL has not spent any monies due to damage from flooding, but we have
investigated flooding in two locations in June 2016. Flooding affected
privately owned commercial buildings, and the owners would have been
responsible for repairing, and paying, for any damage due to flooding. The
two locations are shown on the map, available via the flowing link :
Please scroll down the list of items on the left side of the screen, and
select the ‘Flood Investigations’ option.
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City of London, and not for London as a whole (which is covered by over 30
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