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Caterham on the Hill and Old Coulsdon flood protection programme

Following the flood event in June 2016, we have met with residents and begun working together to reducing flood risk, by raising priority issues directly with the responsible authorities.

The Caterham on the Hill and Old Coulsdon flood reduction programme brings together the flood mitigation work being carried out by the authorities in the Caterham Hill and Old Coulsdon catchment.

Collaborative work is being carried out by Surrey County Council, London Borough of Croydon, Tandridge District Council, Thames Water Utilities Limited, the Environment Agency, Atkins Limited and the Caterham Hill and Old Coulsdon Flood Action Group.

Residents survey

We have written to residents regarding flood risk to their property and how that risk could be reduced through Property Flood Resistance (PFR). This PFR project forms part of the wider programme of flood reduction interventions being planned in the area.

We have been working in collaboration with the above people to identify ways of managing flood risk and how flooding impacts can be reduced in the area in Caterham Hill and in Old Coulsdon.

One element of this work is exploring the use of building technology which can help prevent water entering properties at risk of surface water flooding. Some examples include self-sealing flood doors and air brick covers; these are known as PFR measures. Some properties have been identified as at a higher risk of flooding and eligible for a PFR assessment to see if this technology is suitable.

We will be applying for funding from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), to help pay towards these PFR measures. Before applying we need to understand how many of the eligible properties would be interested in the PFR scheme.

We have therefore created an online residents survey (closing date Friday 10 July 2020).

If you are unable to fill out the survey online or would like to speak to someone, please email

Online forum event

We will be holding an online forum event where you can learn about the PFR measures and the flood programme of works. This will provide an update on the next steps and allow an opportunity for residents to ask questions.

Unfortunately, due to current COVID-19 government restrictions, we are unable to carry out a public meeting in the community or face to face visits to properties.

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We will be issuing regular updates on this webpage as the scheme progresses. Enter your email address below to keep up to date with the Caterham on the Hill and Old Coulsdon flood protection programme.

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