We received funding under West Sussex County Council’s Operation Watershed. The cheque was presented to the group by County Councillor Graham Jones (Felpham). Councillor Jones said “This must be one of the more pleasant tasks in being a County Councillor handing out a cheque to such a deserving cause. I must applaud WFFAA for the initiative shown in getting this scheme off the ground and I wish them all the success for the future.”
Jane Smeaton, Chair of WFFAA, said that the group were very excited about the award. We put a lot of thought into our bid and see the award as a vote of confidence in WFFAA.
The funding has been provided to enable the group to clear a stretch of ditch that runs between Wedgwood Road and Bereweeke Road. This ditch provides extra capacity for the surface water drainage system, but over the years the ditch has become overgrown, significantly reducing its profile and its capacity; in June 2012 this exacerbated the flooding.
Jane said that this award makes clearance of the ditch possible. The cost of disposing of the debris removed would otherwise have been prohibitive. WFFAA has received many comments about the poor state of the ditches in the area and we hope that through this work we will also highlight individual responsibility for ditch maintenance.
WFFAA would like to make the ditch clearance a community event so if anyone would like to know more about WFFAA’s bid or would like to get involved then please contact us.