‘Substantial’ improvements to ‘first line of flood defence’

From left to right: Archie Saul (farmer), Stafford Proctor (chair WFG), Mark Robinson (EA), Peter Bateson (WFIDB), and Simeon Disley (WFG).
From left to right: Archie Saul (farmer), Stafford Proctor (chair WFG), Mark Robinson (EA), Peter Bateson (WFIDB), and Simeon Disley (WFG).

From left to right: Archie Saul (farmer), Stafford Proctor (chair WFG), Mark Robinson (EA), Peter Bateson (WFIDB), and Simeon Disley (WFG).

The Wash Frontage Group (WFG), coincided their announcement regarding the seabanks along The Wash with the second anniversary of the December 5 floods on Saturday.

It says funding for planned improvements along five kilometres of sea bank between Leverton and Wrangle is now a step closer thanks to partnership between the Environment Agency, WithamFourth Internal Drainage Board and local farmers.

WFG chairman Stafford Proctor said: “The second anniversary of the terrible events of December5, 2013 has come around quickly.

“I am pleased that steps are being taken to carry out much needed improvement works to the sea banks which protect South Lincolnshire and beyond from flooding.

“In particular the EA, WFIDB and the coastline farmers have developed a working partnership and we are hopeful that we will hear shortly that funding has been approved for improvements to the sea bank along five kilometres between Leverton and Wrangle.

“These will be the first substantial works to the sea banks for more than thirty years.”

The WFG is a voluntary organisation made up of the landowners and farmers who farm the land on the coast line of The Wash from Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire to Wolferton Creek in Norfolk.

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.”

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 a Wash Banks Performance Review in 2012 identified the Leverton to Wrangle section as the lowest bank and that ‘in parts it was the only line of defence’.

“It is vitally important that this ambition becomes a reality. I commend the works of the EA, theWFIDB and the farmers in taking a first step towards this. WFG has in the last year sought to facilitate and enable improvements to the sea defences which will benefit the region as a whole”.

During the December 5 storm surge over 300 houses and 500 acres of farmland were flooded.