Improvements to ‘first line of flood defence’ in sight
The first “much needed” and “substantial” improvements to seabanks, in some cases the “only line of defence” against flooding, are moving a step closer.
An announcement by the Wash Frontage Group (WFG) that funding for planned improvements along five kilometres of seabank along the A52 north of Donington was close to being secured coincided with the second anniversary of the floods that hit the region.
The WFG sees these works as an important step in a process which is critical to South Lincolnshire, West Norfolk and East Midlands as a whole.
The WFG confirmed that the funding would come thanks to partnership between the Environment Agency EA), Witham Fourth District Internal Drainage Board (W4IDB) and farmers.
WFG chairman Stafford Proctor said: “The second anniversary of the terrible events of December 5, 2013 has come around quickly and I am pleased that steps are being taken to carry out much needed improvement works to the seabanks which protect south Lincolnshire and beyond from flooding.
“In particular. the EA, W4IDB and coastline farmers have developed a working partnership and we are hopeful of hearing shortly that funding has been approved for improvements to the seabank along five kilometres between Leverton and Wrangle.
“These will be the first substantial works to the seabanks for more than thirty years.”
The WFG is a voluntary organisation made up of landowners and farmers based on land linked to The Wash coastline from Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire to Wolferton Creek in Norfolk.
A Wash Shoreline Management Plan in 2010 identified the need to carry out improvements to sea defences to keep pace with climate change.
Mr Proctor said: “The WFG sees these works as an important step in a process which is critical to South Lincolnshire, West Norfolk and East Midlands as a whole.
“It is vitally important that this ambition becomes a reality and I commend the work of the EA, the W4IDB and farmers in taking a first step towards this.”
During the December 5, 2013 storm surge, over 300 houses and 500 acres of farmland were flooded.
“The WFG has, in the last year, sought to facilitate and enable improvements to the sea defences which will benefit the region as a whole,” Mr Proctor said.