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Cambridgeshire community flood groups urged to apply for grant scheme

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Community flood groups are being encouraged by Cambridgeshire County Council to apply for a grant to help protect vulnerable properties from flooding.

The watercourse maintenance grant could help clear out and maintain ditches and other watercourses across Cambridgeshire.

It aims to provide funding to communities in Cambridgeshire where riparian owners cannot be identified (either by communities or the county council) or where riparian owners are unable to undertake riparian maintenance themselves.

Cavalry Drive in March regularly gets flooded. Photo: Cavalry residents.
Cavalry Drive in March regularly gets flooded. Photo: Cavalry residents.

Riparian rights refer to the rights of all landowners whose properties connect to a running body of water, such as a river or stream.

Whilst applications from CFAGs are preferred, in order not to exclude smaller, more rural, and more isolated communities or residents, certain applications from individuals or parish councils will be given special consideration.

Previously the money has been spent by communities like Alconbury to help with vegetation clearance along the banks of Alconbury Brook.

Around 70 volunteers worked over several weeks, clearing bottlenecks while taking care not to disturb wildlife.

Several gardens fronting the brook were cleared for residents unable to do work themselves, and communication with Environment Agency staff ensured it complemented EA programmes in the area.

Councillor Lorna Dupré, chair of the council’s environment and green investment committee, said: “Flooding is an increasing issue in Cambridgeshire, so it is essential that communities are prepared for this. This funding will help the vital maintenance on our local watercourses which play a crucial role in managing flood risk to people and property in Cambridgeshire.”

Applications for funding will be assessed against several criteria, including:

addressing recognised flooding issues

engaging with the local community

ecological benefits, amongst others

Applications must come with a letter of support from the local county councillor, who can be contacted via the CMIS website (https://cambridgeshire.cmis.uk.com/ccc_live/Councillors.aspx) by using your postcode.

For help and advice regarding this application for funding, visit https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/business/planning-and-development/flood-and-water/community-flood-action-programme/watercourse-maintenance-grant or email CFAP@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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