YOU can still have your say on a major flood relief scheme surrounding the River Thames despite the Royal Borough of Windsor Maidenhead (RBWM) being removed from any plans.

The council was kicked out of the £640m River Thames Scheme due to a funding shortfall. The partnership group removed channel one, which would have protected properties and businesses in Datchet, Horton, Wraysbury, and Old Windsor, but is progressing on with the other two channels.

The River Thames Scheme will now provide flooding relief from Hythe End to Teddington. Despite RBWM being kicked out in 2020, planners have launched a six-week consultation and an event in Wraysbury to gather views on the plans.

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Datchet has had a long history of flooding with 2003, 2013, and 2014 being the recent events. The Environment Agency is working on a new flood relief scheme from Datchet to Hythe End, but timescales or details on what the plan is have not been revealed yet.

Alongside a new river channel that splits into two sections – one through Runnymede and another through Spelthorne – it is creating more open green spaces and sustainable travel routes for the public.

This includes new footpaths along the channel and areas of new and improved habitats for wildlife to achieve a biodiversity net gain.

A consultation will run from November 8 until December 20, 2022, with the new plans considering feedback from a previous survey in 2016.

The consultation will provide updated details of the planned work and timelines, including some important changes to the design.

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A number of exhibitions will be held, but only one is taking place in RBWM. It will be held at the Wraysbury Village Hall between 1pm and 7pm on Friday, November 25.

River Thames Scheme Project Director Jeanne Capey said: “The River Thames Scheme represents a new landscape-based approach to creating healthier, more resilient, and more sustainable communities.

“It will not only reduce the risk of flooding to communities but also create new areas of green space and recreation, sustainable travel routes, and new high-quality habitats.  I would urge anyone interested in the scheme to visit one of our exhibitions or webinars to find out more about the proposals and feedback their thoughts to us.”

The consultation can be found here: