“Work on both sides of the village has progressed well despite the severe winter weather. The dry weather in the Spring means the work is ahead of schedule and so far is under budget. In September work will start on the final part of the flood defences along the new route we fought so hard for.” Anna met with the Environment Agency on Monday and discussed the Attenborough scheme and a number of other matters.
The Environment Agency told Anna that trees marked for felling will be cut down during the final stages of the scheme for the village. The work should be completed next year though the cricket pitch will probably lose two seasons of play and the football pitches will also be out of action for some time.
There was a long running dispute about the route of the flood defences which were orginally planned to go along The Strand in the village. Anna supported the campaign which opposed The Strand route and backed a route on the other side of the village green/ cricket pitch. The Environment Agency confirmed that the campaign, which was eventually successful, had not delayed the scheme,
The EA have also reported the unexplained death of a large number of fish in Church Pond which they are investigating. The Agency have undertaken to report their findings to Anna.