Bee Flood Aware

Burst water-gate and green spaces phase two

18 January 2017
  • December 5th 2016 – Islington[1].
  • December 10th 2016 – Blackheath[2].
  • December 11th 2016 – Stoke Newington[3].
  • December 16th 2016 – Downham[4].
  • December 21st 2017 – South Kensington[5].
  • January 4th 2017 – Ickenham[6].
  • Yesterday – Bexley High Street[7].

Just a small selection of the recent high-profile incidents of flooding caused by burst water mains in different parts of London.

What is causing this spate of water mains bursts and leaks?

What is being done to prevent them?

How do water companies, local authorities and others respond to water mains incidents?

Tomorrow, the London Assembly Environment Committee will question Thames Water and London councils about the effects of burst water main flooding, the response to incidents and to warning signs, water mains maintenance and investment and flood risk from other sources such as rainfall.

The Committee will also continue its investigation into the management and enhancement of London’s green spaces, exploring: who is best placed to manage our green spaces, sustainable funding, the role of voluntary groups, protecting green spaces, the role of the Mayor and the future of green spaces.

Green spaces: approx. 10:00am-11:30am. The guests are:

  • Peter Massini, GLA Environment Team, Principal Policy & Programme Officer
  • Tony Leach, Parks for London (previously London Parks Forum), CEO
  • Matt Frith, London Wildlife Trust, Director of Conservation 
  • Daniel Raven-Ellison, National Park City, Founder
  • Councillor Feryal Demirci, Labour Councillor for Hoxton East & Shoreditch, Vice-Chair of London Councils Transport and Environment Committee
  • Nadia Broccardo, Team London Bridge , CEO
  • Sam Parry, recipient of the Churchill Travelling Fellowship, Beyond the park: using philanthropy to create green infrastructure


Burst water mains: from approx. 11:30am. The guests are:

  • Richard Aylard, Director of External Affairs and Sustainability, Thames Water
  • Danny Leamon, Head of Water Networks, Thames Water
  • Councillor Feryal Demirci, Vice-chair of London Councils Transport and Environment Committee and Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks at London Borough of Hackney
  • Councillor Richard Greening, Chair of Policy and Performance Scrutiny Committee, Islington Council

The meeting will take place on Thursday 19 January from 10:00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.  

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyEnv throughout, #LondonSpaces for the first section and #burstmains for the latter section.


Notes to editors

  1. Islington flood causes millions of pounds of damage and forces distraught residents out of their homes – Evening Standard
  2. Blackheath flooding: Streets submerged as severe flood wreaks havoc on Lee Road - Evening Standard
  3. Stoke Newington flooding: 350 flee homes as major flooding hits London for third time in a week – Evening Standard
  4. Good Shepherd Primary school in Downham closed due to burst water main – This is Local London
  5. Burst water main causing delays for motorists in South Kensington – Get West London
  6. Ickenham flooding: Updates as sinkhole and burst water main causing traffic chaos to Ruislip – Get West London
  7. Bexley flooding: High street submerged as burst water main sparks chaos – Evening Standard
  8. Full Agenda papers.
  9. Leonie Cooper AM, Chair of the Environment Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  10. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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