More funding is ‘vital’ for river maintenance

S02209H14 Shoreham tidal walls
S02209H14 Shoreham tidal walls

MORE funding for river maintenance is vital, to protect surrounding lands from flooding, say farmers.

The National Farmers’ Union has praised the Environment Agency for its efforts during the recent bouts of torrential rain.

But it said further funding was needed for river maintenance, to ensure flooding problems did not worsen.

Deputy president Meurig Raymond said: “Environment Agency staff have done a fantastic job in hugely difficult circumstances, working long hours over the Christmas and new year period, and should be commended for the work they have done.”

In Shoreham, the Environment Agency is working with Adur District Council to improve flood defences on the east and west banks of the River Adur.

The town is vulnerable to tidal flooding and in December, residents were severely affected by floods in Brighton Road.

Roy Clarke, of New Road, said his house and the two adjacent properties suffered no flood damage, because they had taken their own simple measures when a flood warning was issued.