Decision details

Leigh Expansion and Hildenborough embankment scheme - Consultation on an amendment to the River Medway (Flood Relief) Act 1976

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


This report provides Members with information on a consultation being undertaken by the Environment Agency on an amendment to the River Medway (Flood Relief) Act 1976 that is required in order to deliver the Leigh Expansion and Hildenborough Embankment Scheme. The scheme affects a small area of land within Tunbridge Wells Borough, within the parish of Bidborough. It is recommended that the amendments are supported in light of the benefits that the scheme will deliver to residents and businesses in Tonbridge and Hildenborough.




  1. That the content of the report be supported;


  1. That the proposed amendments to the River Medway (Flood Relief Act) 1976 set out by the Environment Agency in section 2 of the report be supported, and;


  1. That a letter be sent to DEFRA providing support of the Borough Council for the expansion of the Leigh Flood Storage Area.



To increase storage of flood water that would reduce the risk to homes and businesses in Tonbridge and Hildenborough.

Report author: Sharon Evans

Publication date: 05/12/2019

Date of decision: 05/12/2019

Decided at meeting: 05/12/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 13/12/2019

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