Group wins cash to help combat flooding

Flooding at Grinstead Lane, Lancing, earlier this year
Flooding at Grinstead Lane, Lancing, earlier this year
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A COMMUNITY group tackling flooding in Lancing and Sompting has won council funding to help educate residents on how to protect themselves and their properties.

Adur Floodwatch Group scooped almost £1,800 from the county council’s Operation Watershed Fund to cover a ‘Teach In’ event for the community, which will be held at Lancing Parish Hall, from 2pm to 4pm, on October 25.

Mike Glennon and Bill Freeman discuss Floodwatch plans SUS-140923-135903001

Mike Glennon and Bill Freeman discuss Floodwatch plans SUS-140923-135903001

The event is designed to help the community help itself when drainage problems occur.

Mike Glennon, UKIP county councillor for Lancing, said: “It is tremendous to see the community trying to help itself.

“It has been a pleasure for colleague councillors and myself to have been involved in this well-conceived and so very relevant activity.”

Earlier in the year, residents associations in Adur formed the group to give the community a voice on the many flooding issues experienced over the last two years.

Bill Freeman, who runs the Lancing Manor SE Residents’ Network, said: “We recognised the vulnerability of most members of the community when a drainage issue develops. Who do they call for help? What can they do to help themselves?”

The event will explain what causes local flooding issues, how residents can protect their properties from flooding and how they can communicate problems to the authorities.

It will be supported by the Environment Agency, the West Sussex County Council drainage team, the Fire and Rescue Service, Southern Water, Adur Emergency Services and local firm Gardner and Scardifield.

Leaflet canvassing and a poster campaign at the end of September will help spread the message.

Initially, the event is for Sompting and Lancing, although residents from other parts of Adur are welcome to attend.

Subject to another successful bid for funding from WSCC, a similar event is being planned for Shoreham and the surrounding areas in conjunction with the Shoreham Society.

Residents’ associations from West Beach, Barfield Park, Mash Barn and Lancing Manor are involved in the scheme, as well as Sompting Residents and the Shoreham Society.