Flooding meeting for Tunstall residents

Residents of Tunstall were invited to discuss options to combat localised flooding at a public meeting.

Chaired by local County Councillor Andrew Reid and supported by Tunstall Parish Council, details of a plan to alleviate flooding were discussed with businesses and individuals affected by flooding in recent years.

Residents and business owners were able to discuss their concerns, provide local intelligence and suggest ways they felt problems could be tackled.

Suffolk County Council and its flood partners will now investigate the possible options in further detail and develop a robust and financially viable plan to combat flooding issues in the area.

As a result of the meeting, specific areas to be explored are as follows:

– Better and more frequent maintenance of existing pipes and ditches

– The re-installation of ditches and ponds that have been filled in over the years

– Looking at farming practices to reduce silt getting into ditches and pipes

– Creating new soakaways or detention basins to hold the water

Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads, transport and planning said; “It is fantastic that residents and business owners in Tunstall have come forward with so much local knowledge and such fresh ideas.

“By working together will we find the most effective and sustainable solutions to tackling the issues of flooding that have affected so many.”

Oliver Morgan, Tunstall Parish Councillor said; “Flooding has been a problem in Tunstall for many years, so we were very grateful to Suffolk County Council and the Environment Agency for taking the time to come and listen to our concerns.

“The meeting was helpful and we hope that the information they gathered from residents will assist in formulating a plan that will effectively tackle the problem in future.”

Residents will be kept informed of progress and a further meeting will be held to agree which options should be progressed.

Those unable to attend the meeting but feel they would like to contribute to the discussion can contact Jane Burch on 01473 264782 or email floods@suffolk.gov.uk.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 21) Echo.