A politician is pushing Boris Johnson to find money to restore Croydon’s waterways in order to reduce the chance of flooding in the borough.

Sutton and Croydon London Assembly Member Steve O’Connell decided to put forward a motion at the Assembly after visiting the flood zone of Purley, Kenley and Whyteleafe last week.

Speaking after the motion was carried at Friday's meeting of the London Assembly (Plenary) committee Mr O’Connell said: “This past week of flooding has weighed heavy on me, seeing my constituents in distress is something I hope to never see again.

“The Mayor has truly stepped up, and has put together the beginnings of a strategy to protect against any future exceptional weather, but I want to see him go further.

“In the same way the people of Croydon have gone above and beyond to help each other, I want to see London go above and beyond also.

“This motion asks the Mayor to find more funds to prevent flooding and provide extra protection to many of our rivers and flood basins.”

If funding is approved by London’s Mayor it would be used to restore rivers and flood basins to their natural states, increasing their capacity to absorb and hold water.