Many residents on the Avondale estate in Ash Vale have suffered from repeated flooding, and in May 2019 Michael wrote to SSE in wholehearted support of the application submitted by the 6th Avondale Residents Association for a resilience grant.
The grant was requested to enable the installation of a flood-defence wall, and Michael has asked SSE to look favourably upon the Association’s application.
In October 2019, Michael chaired a meeting between local residents and representatives from Network Rail, the Environment Agency and Surrey County Council concerning the future maintenance of the ditches alongside the railway line next to the estate.
In February 2020 Michael wrote to Network Rail to enquire about the progress of the ditch maintenance, and was informed that unfortunately work had been put on hold owing to the pandemic.
In October 2020, Michael received confirmation that Surrey County Council has been awarded a grant from the Environment Agency, and will be starting major drainage works in Wellesley Close in November in order to combat the flooding that has so long been a cause of great misery for a number of Ash Vale residents.