NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT FOR £12 MILLION HAMPSTEAD HEATH FLOOD DEFENCE SAYS ENVIRONMENT AGENCY BOSS
Lord Smith is chairman of the Environment Agency, an executive public body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment. Its responsibilities include operational supervision of flood response and reservoir safety.
At a black-tie dinner hosted by the City of London on 15 October 2011 Lord Smith was reported in the Camden New Journal as saying "There is no enforceable legal requirement on the Corporation to carry out any work" on the Hampstead Heath dams.
In letter to the Protect Our Ponds Campaign dated 21 October 2011,Lord Smith writes: "I confirm that the article in the Camden New Journal does represent an accurate reflection of what I said in my speech..."
He also enclosed a Briefing on the Hampstead Heath Ponds prepared by the Head of reservoirs at the Environment Agency which you can read for yourself. The GO links are to the original documents.
Some people have been saying that Lord Smith has since retracted part of what he said. That is not the case. In an E mail to Protect Our Ponds dated 6 September 2013 Tony Deacon, the Reservoirs Manager at the Environment Agency, stated:
" I can confirm that our position has not changed, and that my emailed correspondence dated 19 October 2011 is still valid and correct. "
The correspondence he refers to can be read from the links below:
PROTECT THE HAMPSTEAD HEATH PONDS
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