Parish celebrates successful £50k flood prevention bid

SOME £50,000 has been received in Middleton and Elmer to help prevent future flooding.

The success in gaining the money from the Community Flood Fund was reported to Middleton Parish Council’s annual meeting last night by its chairman Shirley Haywood.

She said all the council’s committees had been involved in deliberations following the flooding in June, 2012, which devastated the lives of many of the area’s residents.

“The parish council will continue to press for further funds for flood relief measures when grants are made available,” she pledged.

Cllr Haywood said the council would also carry on its battle to achieve the best solution for Middleton at the Comet Corner junction.

She thanked parish councillor Jackie Pendleton for her efforts in trying to secure traffic lights to control the traffic flow at the busy site where Yapton Road meets the A259.

“Half a million pounds has now been allocated to this project, leaving £350,000 still to be found,” said Cllr Heywood.

“Traffic lights will greatly improve the road safety of all those using this busy junction and the parish council will continue to use its best endeavours to ensure the funds are found to ensure a successful outcome.”

She said the council’s parish land and property committee had finished the 50-year lease with the Jubilee Hall to secure its future. The Scout Hall’s lease, for the same period, was in the final stages of negotiation.

She confirmed the agreement of the council for the village pond and green at the end of Sea Lane to be given village green status after two years of talks with the county council following its decision to sell the site.