December 2019 Update.
We now know that the original flood alleviation scheme has been replaced by PLR property level resilience where individual properties, considered ‘at risk’, are protected by flood resistant gates or doors as appropriate.
Due to the number of ‘listed’ buildings in our community progress depends on the approval of the listing authorities for the measures proposed for several properties and until agreement can be reached on these measures DCC are unable to put the work out to tender.
The original timescale was that the measures would be in place by Christmas and County are frustrated that ‘Santa’ will be carrying sandbags in his sledge instead.
We will keep you up to date when we have a firm timescale for the work to continue.
In the meantime the efforts of our volunteer group are very important in keeping water flowing where it should and protecting our community.
Our thanks to all of you.
Our volunteer group is regularly updated with progress on the flood alleviation work and also with opportunities offered to us by various County, and Government organisations.
Our Volunteer Training Session took place on Saturday 24th September at the village hall between 10 am and 4 pm. Twenty two members of our volunteer group attended the training session which made for a lively day with lots of questions and discussion.
The trainers, from Communities Prepared/Groundworks were very impressed with the number of volunteers enrolled and the enthusiasm and commitment of the group. All the expenses of the session were paid for by the training body using Lottery Funding.
The organisers are also supplying much of the emergency equipment identified in our Emergency Plan so that we are better prepared to cope with problems in the future. Some of the funding from DCC via the Pathfinder Project, already awarded to help provide equipment identified in the Emergency Plan, has been used to provide a shed to accommodate the more bulky items. The shed has been sited behind the village hall and was erected with help from volunteers and a VH committee member. Thanks to all of them for their help and good humour.