Update following the village flood meeting.

In addition to the update below the Parish Council has also contacted our new MP asking him to pick up the actions agreed at the last meeting by Kate Kniveton.

Mark Swain, PSO Team Leader, Flood Risk Management, Environment Agency West has provided a brief update on activities they have been involved in over the past month:

1) The Environment Agency position statement which I shared with the public at the meeting on 23 May was requested by and supplied to Kate Kniveton’s office on 13 June. I am assuming the pre-election period has prevented the Action points being shared until after 04 July.

2) We have a project team set up to discuss the options for Flood Risk Management in Rolleston. Our consultants (Arup) are leading this and as requested at the public meeting we have identified dredging and increased maintenance in that list of options for consideration.

3) Dave Hughes has had meetings with landowners to discuss removal of debris and watercourse obstructions in the Rolleston Brook and plans to arrange for removal/cutting back are progressing.

4) There has been a meeting between Arup, our EA Flood Risk Team and our Natural Flood Management leads to discuss the opportunities for flood risk management upstream of Rolleston.

5) Dave Hughes has met with a resident to discuss their proposal to install fishing platforms in the Brook Hollows area.

Following the meeting mentioned at point 5 above we then received the following update from Dave Hughes:

I have been speaking to Assets and they tell me they are willing to help with some of the works on the Rolleston Brook channel downstream of the village. In particular, they will:

  1. Remove all the existing cattle barriers and dispose of them.
  2. They will remove the debris that has built up in front of the non-return valve at the end of the ditch across the field where Catherine Smith keeps her horse (behind the Scout Hut).
  3. They are also proposing a one-off maintenance of the channel from Brookside all the way down to where the Tutbury Mill Fleam joins it. This will consist of removing all debris that gets caught up in that stretch and also cut back vegetation to keep the channel clear.
  4. They are going to investigate whether this can become an annual occurrence.