Groups team up in Felpham to avoid flooding nightmare

Debi Holden and a pal headed out on their kayaks around Felpham Way and Limmer Lane in Felpham in June
Debi Holden and a pal headed out on their kayaks around Felpham Way and Limmer Lane in Felpham in June

A FELPHAM group aiming to highlight and prevent flooding held its first multi-agency meeting.

The West Felpham Flood Action Assembly (WFFAA) was joined by West Sussex County Council, Arun District Council, and the Environment Agency to discuss the flooding, which effected the village in June.

With many people across the area still suffering because of the flooding, the meeting, held on October 4, was called on WFFAA’s behalf by the National Flood Forum (NFF).

The group’s chairman, Jane Smeaton, said: “The meeting demonstrated a local group and the relevant authorities could work effectively together towards the common goal of preventing a repeat of the events of June 11.

“Over the last few months, WFFAA has gathered a lot of evidence about the flooding.

“We were able to share this at the meeting and to hand over some of our documents.

“We very much hope this evidence will be included in the report being produced by West Sussex County Council.

“WFFAA were disappointed Southern Water did not join the meeting, as they believe Southern Water would have found it useful.

“However, WFFAA hope Southern Water will attend the next meeting, to be held in December, after the report has been published.”

Southern Water pulled out of the meeting saying it couldn’t discuss the flooding prior to West Sussex County Council publishing its report of the investigation into the flooding which took place in June.

In a bid to keep their communication going the group has also set up a website – 
WFFAA.wordpress.com

The site, which is constantly been updated, has a comments box and members are keen to hear from residents so they can understand how they can best help the community on flooding-related issues.

They will also be producing a newsletter and can be contacted at westfelphamflood
@aol.com