Felpham residents receive grant for flooding work


RESIDENTS in Felpham have received nearly £6,000 to help protect their area from flooding.

The grant was presented to the Summerley Private Residents’ Association after it successfully applied for help from West Sussex County Council.

The council’s Operation Watershed awarded the group £5,580 and it was handed over to the association by Felpham’s county councillor, Graham Jones.

Cllr Jones said: “I am pleased to present this cheque to a well-deserved cause and hope it helps kick-start any works that residents will undertake in preventing future flooding in the area. Operation Watershed has helped so many residents throughout the county in helping themselves to deal with the damaging effects of flooding to property.”

The money will not fully fund the work identified by consultants as needed to stop flooding. However, it will help to pay for some of the projects alongside a greater proportion of works which will be paid for by the residents.

The grant is the second which the association has received from the council to deal with the flooding. The first – for £6,000 added to £9,000 raised by the homeowners – paid for a complete survey of the estate’s drains as well as clearing out its gulleys.

It also raised awareness of the site’s drainage system and its problems.