Thursday, 26 July 2012

Bar Hill Stream Flood Defences

Outflow In Bar Hill
Well given the current turn around in the weather this post seems more than a little out of date but a couple of weeks back we were experiencing heavy rain and there was a very real possibility of Bar Hill Stream flooding.

We (the Parish Council) have been in touch with the Environment Agency via South Cambridgeshire District Council regarding improving the draining to help increase the amount of water that can flow through the river before it floods. Unfortunately the bid submitted was not successful (I've attached the documents below with details of the part of the bid that was relevant to Bar Hill). The EA will be providing SCDC with details of what parts of the bid had merit - hopefully Bar Hill will be viewed as one of the parts of the bid that had merit and we will be able to salvage this part of the bid.

Outflow In Bar Hill
Catchment Restoration Fund - Bar Hill Bid Details
Bar Hill Work Area Plan
Bar Hill Costings

Local comment is vital for projects like this to succeed. The more passionate and supportive the local community is the more likely that schemes will get approval. There is an opportunity for a small number of local residents to meet with the Parish Council and the Ecology Officer from South Cambridgeshire District Council to discuss how we go forward (maybe with other funding sources such as Cambridgeshire County Council) with the scheme.

If you'd like to be involved please let me know and I'll pass your details on or contact the Parish Council directly.