David and Ron Jones, businessmen and owners of Ronson Reclaim in Sandhurst Lane, Sandhurst, on the outskirts of Gloucester, have reported that based on their observations after constant monitoring of the clogged up River Severn at Sandhurst, it is in serious need of dredging as it could flood Sandhurst, Longford and even Gloucester city if there was a lot of heavy rain.
David Jones said he had expressed his concerns with Environment Agency, the Canal & River Trust and Tewkesbury Borough Council but wasn’t sure they would take proactive preventive measures. The trust had dredged the river 18 months ago but more silt than they could handle had returned.
Tewkesbury borough councillor Mark Williams, (C, Coombe Hill) agreed that the river was clogged up and something needed to be done about it by the Canal & River Trust.
“The river at the site was clogged up and a log sticking up out of the water would be an obstacle to any large boats passing through.”
In early 2014 the Somerset Levels and Moors experienced widespread flooding that caused some residents to leave their homes at the height of the flood.
Despite this, the trust and Environment Agency did not believe the silt build up will cause flooding. The spokesperson for the trust said the risk was more of a navigation issue than a flood issue.
In the statement given by the Environment Agency, they confirmed being aware of the silt build up at Sandhurst, but did not believe it needed to be removed for this purpose.