Preventative action has been taken by the Parish Council in an attempt to reduce flooding on and around Mill Road this winter, by clearing the stream that flows from the pond under Mill Road and out past a number houses into the countryside. It was a full days work and resulted in about 300m of bank and bed being cleared!
Organised by Cllr. Hopkins, a team of gentlemen spent a day with chain saws, hedge trimmers and other cutting-edge tools clearing the way for a mini digger to scoop out the debris and mud that has collected in the stream over many years. The Parish Council hired a mini digger which was skilfully operated by Simon Goss’ brother Nigel who travelled from Gloucestershire to help out. According to Simon and immediate neighbour Henry Pappenfus who also got stuck in, the stream has not been cleared out properly for at least 20 years!
- Specific thanks go to Anthony Flack, Tony Walker, Henry Pappenfus and of course Stewart Hopkins and John Honsinger for their athletic toiling and many hours of manual labour
- to Simon for utilising his JCB digger and disposing of the waste throughout the day and also working until dusk
- to Simon’s brother, Nigel, for operating the digger
- and to Caroline and Babs who supplied teas and biscuits
While the pond and stream are so low at the moment, it is difficult to assess how effective it will be and the true benefit will only be realised in time. Nevertheless it was a job well done and is all part of the drive to improve the overall look of the village.