Feniton waits with bated breath …

The much awaited Feniton flood alleviation scheme has taken a major leap forward.

Flooded villageThe scheme is now in the planning stage and is available for comment on the EDDC website. The application number is 14/2882/MFUL. Instructions on how to comment on line are available here, http://eastdevon.gov.uk/commenting. Alternatively, written comments can be sent to East Devon Council, Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL.

Flooding at Patteson's CrossThere are about 10 more days to register your comments on this application and Feniton residents have been keen to express their views.

One resident wrote, ‘I therefore strongly support this application and cannot wait to see the diggers arrive in the near future. They will be welcomed. Tea and cake will be on offer to all the workers.’

flooding site in Green Lane 6Feniton has a long and well-documented history of flooding which seems to be getting worse (see, for example, https://susiebond.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/flood-wardens-out-in-force-yesterday/). The proposed scheme, designed by Exeter-based consultants Howicks, is a complex one, involving a number of different landowners.

The scheme will pick up water from behind Mount View, through part of the Wainhomes site, through the Parish Council play area, down Warwick Close, across Green Lane, through Beechwood Farm, under the railway, through part of the orchard at Long Park Farm, across the paddock at Metcombe, before linking up with the ditch behind Metcombe and Sweethams Cottages.

Bill KnollmanMP Neil Parish has supported the scheme and been out on site to look at the route.

Some work should start later this year to provide mitigation measures for the properties south of Patteson’s Cross, as well as some work on the ditch behind Metcombe and Sweethams. The main part of the scheme is scheduled for 2016/2017.

Meanwhile, I understand that some residents of the village are currently having difficulty getting insurance for their property. EDDC has produced a letter outlining the new flood alleviation scheme which should give confidence to insurance companies that the scheme will help Feniton’s flooding problems. Let me know if you need a copy of this letter or contact Feniton’s parish clerk at feniton.parish.clerk@live.co.uk.

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