MP pleased by improved flood defence

TIM Loughton has praised the hard work done in North Lancing to reduce flooding this winter.

The MP for East Worthing and Shoreham wrote in his January newsletter: “I am particularly pleased that there was no repeat of the very damaging flooding which caused so much misery to residents around Lancing Manor.

“As a result of that flooding I organised the ‘flood summit’ at Lancing Leisure Centre last January with the County Council, Adur Council, Environment Agency, Highways Agency, Southern Water and local residents’ groups.

“We drew up the 10-point Lancing Flooding Action Plan and we were the first beneficiaries of funding from the County Council’s special Operation watershed funding pot.

“Subsequently, there has been much ditch clearance, drain jetting etc and the hard work by all involved has paid off.

“Last Monday I also joined a meeting at Worthing Town Hall with the Environment Agency, councillors and businesses based around Shoreham Airport to discuss how soon the remaining Adur flood defences work on the western bank of the river could be carried out to prevent damage to the Airport and residential areas if we see a repeat of the recent extreme weather conditions.

“Various options are being looked at to enable matched funding to be brought in to speed up the work, although a considerable amount of design preparation still has to take place first and nothing is likely to happen until 2015 at the earliest.”