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Flood Work Go-Ahead - but why the secrecy?

March 12, 2018 3:42 PM

Southwell Church Street Commissioners' BridgeFlood defence work to help protect Southwell's homes and businesses has been approved by the Government. Almost five years ago, flash floods caused nearly £10 million of damage to more than 250 properties throughout the town. Costing £5 million, the main engineering work could be completed by the end of the year.

The local community has made a massive contribution to the development of the plan. Through the Flood Forum in particular, residents have provided important feedback and technical expertise to help shape the protection scheme.

Residents in properties hit by flooding must have the opportunity to see how the scheme will affect them. After all, Southwell residents have contributed £40 per household to fund the scheme through their Council Tax. Others have contributed their personal mitigation grants to the pool of money.

Most recently it appears that the County Council is resisting Town Council calls for a Public Meeting, which they had previously promised . They are also refusing to release information such as the Flood Model.

The veil of secrecy surrounding the proposals must be lifted for residents to have any confidence in the mitigation plans.

Lib-Dem Councillors will continue to press for full information about the mitigation schemes.

The blue line in the picture shows the flood water level in 2013