£325,000 drainage home

Northern Works committee
Northern Works committee

BOSSES of a Boston drainage board are due to move into a new £325,000 depot at Easter as part of their continued quest to protect the area from flooding.

Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board, responsible for controlling water levels across a large area mainly to the south and west of Boston, will switch from its Carlton Road base to a new home in Swineshead.

The move will bring all of its operations under one site and will see the Carlton Road site sold off.

The board is part of the area’s rich 200-year history of drainage management, which helps protect some of the best reclaimed farmland in the country.

Chairman of the Northern Works Committee is Boston Borough Councillor Richard Leggott, a lifelong farmer, who said: “Whether we are local farmers, householders or businesses, we all appreciate the right conditions underfoot.

“Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board uses our drainage rates to provide and look after many of the facilities necessary to ensure that we can go about our daily life in the borough without perpetual fear of wet feet.

“Our systems are well tried and maintained and continuously updated by our dedicated staff and workforce.

“We are also well aware that our network of watercourses is a very important part of the local wildlife habitat and operational planning does include environmental considerations whenever possible.”

The committee recently visited the new depot as part of its annual inspection and took in an inspection of the proposed location for a culvert to replace an old farm bridge on the North Forty Foot Drain.

Environmental considerations for the new structure include provision for otters and voles in the area. A ‘lay’ built into the culvert may actually attract otters.

The board prides itself on its modern computerised systems, but also has a back-up plan with many of the board’s pumps fitted with dual-drive gearboxes which allow them to be powered by tractors supplied by local farmers in an emergency.

The system was demonstrated at the Chain Bridge Pumping Station, where a tractor owned by farmer Simon Bartlett, of Bannister Farms Ltd, Frampton, was connected to the dual-drive gearbox on the pump.

The committee also saw an automatic weed remover being demonstrated.

That keeps the weed screen at the pumping station clear of debris, allowing the ultimate discharge of water out into The Wash.