Sanway, Byfleet flood alleviation scheme

The Sanway-Byfleet Flood Alleviation Scheme aims to reduce flooding for up to 153 properties in the Sanway-Byfleet area.

The scheme is being developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with Woking Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Byfleet Flood Forum, Highways England, Thames Water, and the local community.

We are working with our partners to reduce flooding to properties in the Sanway area.

Our plans include new flood defences, environmental and community enhancements and a compensatory storage area for displaced flood water.

Next engagement event

We are currently planning our next engagement events which will be held in after the Summer Holidays 2021. We plan to host both a face to face drop-in event and an online event using Zoom. We believe that using both online and face to face is the best way to reach as many people as we possibly can. We will also have the latest information on the consultation website for you to look at and have your say.

The face to face event is subject to change depending on Government regulation at the time of consultation regarding COVID19.

All being well, we will have our project team there to explain the proposals, answer your questions and hear your feedback and comments.

We will let you know about the virtual meeting booking details and about the venue for the drop-in engagement later in the summer.

Please come along to either our virtual or face to face event to see how we're progressing and have your say on our latest proposals.

Ground investigations

For the appraisal we are about to start Ground Investigation works. This is vital to understand the underlying ground conditions, the soil composition and height of the water table near the proposed location for the flood defences and compensatory storage area.

We have chosen locations for our investigations specifically to avoid utility services, major tree canopies, boundaries, drains, root protection zones, bat roosts and the River Wey.

Our work will start in August and we are planning to use rigs.

Update from the March 2021 engagement

We had a successful engagement event in March 2021. We shared our latest proposals for flood defences and several potential environmental and community opportunities. We shared information on our consultation website - Citizen Space and provided an online feedback form to capture people's views. This was followed by two virtual events for the community to share their views with us.

We received responses to the online feedback form and 50+ people attended, across both virtual events.

The responses were largely positive with the majority of responses agreeing or strongly agreeing with the overall proposals for the scheme.

Our communication channels remain open via the scheme email address.

We are in the process of finalising the report on this first engagement event which will soon be uploaded on our dedicated Citizen Space webpage for you all to see.

We are considering the feedback received from you and we will reflect on this as we develop our proposals.

We will share the findings of our options appraisal with you and seek your views on this before selecting a preferred option for the scheme.

Prepare for flooding

Although we aim to reduce flood risk, we cannot remove it entirely. We work to help individuals and communities prepare themselves for flooding, by providing information to those who need it.

Find out more about what to do before, during and after a flood (GOV.UK)

Contact the Environment Agency

If you see blockages in the river channel which pose an immediate flood risk then this should be reported directly to the Environment Agency incident line on: 0800 80 70 60.

For all other enquiries please contact the Environment Agency on telephone number: 03708 506 506 or email them at: