Monday, 23 August 2010

£100,000 Flood Prevention Project to Start at Fiskerton

Work to strengthen flood defences in a West Lindsey village is set to start next week.


Fiskerton has been plagued by flooding problems for more than twenty years but now their misery is set to come to an end.


West Lindsey District Council has teamed up with a number of partners to help deliver an innovative solution to the problem.


Plans have been drawn up to intercept much of the surface and land drainage from the uphill side of the village and redirect it, back under, rather than through the village.


Mr. Tony Adams, Flood Prevention Officer at West Lindsey District Council, thanked everyone involved in making the scheme possible. He said:
"The involvement and contribution of the Church Commissioners, the tenant farmer, The Witham Third Internal Drainage Board and the Parish Council have been invaluable and without their support and passage through the school, then this scheme could not have come about."
Work is expected to start on the scheme on Tuesday at Fiskerton Church of England Primary School.


This part of the work is expected to be complete by September, in time for the children to return after the summer holidays.


Other and more extensive work will be carried out in the field north of the village hall and lesser works in the fields to the east and west and is expected to be complete by the end of September.


The work has been made possible thanks to funding from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs.


Cllr. Mrs. Meg Davidson, Conservative (Fiskerton Ward) said:
"This is exciting news - although there have been a few hurdles to overcome it is great to know it is going ahead.


"It really good how many people have worked together to make this happen, it has been a real team effort.


"Residents of Fiskerton were affected quite badly in the 2007 floods because of the pressures of the existing drainage systems and this news will give them a real boost.


"West Lindsey has done a huge amount of work in working with residents, making sure they knew what was happening and why.


"I would like to thank staff at West Lindsey for getting the DEFRA grant; it is a real credit to them."

Cllr. Mrs. Jackie Brockway, Chairman of Community and Waste Services Committee at the council, said:
"West Lindsey and its partners have worked very hard to secure this money for the Fiskerton flooding scheme.


"I am absolutely delighted that work is going to start and hopefully it will relieve the problems for residents."
Disruption to the village as a whole will be kept to a minimum as work to all but the village hall and the school works will be via the entrance to the airfield at Reepham Road.


Work will be limited to the hours of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings.


Part of the village hall grounds will be closed to ensure safe work and access.

Partners involved in the scheme include:
  • The Church Commissioners
  • The Tenant Farmer, Mr Philip Good
  • The Witham Third Internal Drainage Board
  • Anglian Water
  • LincolnshireCounty Council - Highways
  • LincolnshireCounty Council - Fiskerton C.E. Primary School
  • West Lindsey District Council

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