Prince of Wales to pay Muchelney residents another visit

Prince of Wales to pay Muchelney residents another visit

Prince of Wales to pay Muchelney residents another visit

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THE Prince of Wales will return to the flood-hit village of Muchelney on Tuesday.

The royal visit comes five months after His Royal Highness visited the village by boat, the only way in and out of the area for weeks following severe flooding.

Meanwhile Muchelney residents are being asked to give their views on proposals for a raised road to secure access to the village in times of flood.

The scheme would see the first 500m of the Drayton Road from Muchelney raised by 60cm. This should maintain road access to the village if there is a repeat of last winter’s flooding that left the village cut-off for a prolonged period.

The scheme is being proposed as part of the multi-agency Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan. It is the Council’s preferred option following a feasibility study into possible ways of maintaining access.

Councillor John Osman, Chairman of the FAP Leaders Implementation Group and leader of Somerset County Council, added: “The Flood Action Plan is a major piece of work involving many organisations working together. It’s complicated and I’m sure all partners are glad to see projects moving forward.”

A spokesman for the council said until tenders for the work have been received, the exact cost of the scheme will not be known.

He added: “However, based on estimates from the feasibility study this option is considered the most affordable and could – subject to other factors such as the weather - be delivered this year.”

The scheme is being undertaken as part of the Somerset Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan (FAP) which is being delivered by a range of agencies coordinated by Somerset County Council.

For more information visit somersetnewsroom.com/flood-action-plan/. People have up until July 20 to comment.

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3:08pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

It's Great news to hear that the Prince of Wales is to make another visit to the Village of Muchelney. But the SCC Details released as part of the 20 year Flood Relief Plan for the Somerset Moors & Levels leaves me somewhat distressed !!! For, if the Correct and Full dredging of the River Parrett and Tone is carried out, returning the R Parrett to its Pre-1960's
Capacity, within its Natural Basin. The Silt and Mud removed from its entire Length as we the Residents and the Consortium of Drainage Board Members have indicated is needed, then the Existing road levels are fine, as they have been for the Last 50 years.
Ut is only the inaction of the Environment Agency, and their other Schemes, that they have been involved in doing that has upset the Balance on the Levels and Moors.
It's simple , Manage the Potentials correctly, not having to Re-Act to a Situation of Flooding. For 2 years on the Trot. My fears are that the partial dredging that they are carrying out, will not be enough to Deter another Winter of Dire Discontent !! To those unfortunate Home-Owners that find their homes, under 4-5 ft of Water again, without Insurance, I do not hear of the Environment Agency being made to Pay out towards the Residents of Muchelney, or Burrorbridge for the Damage caused to Property.
It's Great news to hear that the Prince of Wales is to make another visit to the Village of Muchelney. But the SCC Details released as part of the 20 year Flood Relief Plan for the Somerset Moors & Levels leaves me somewhat distressed !!! For, if the Correct and Full dredging of the River Parrett and Tone is carried out, returning the R Parrett to its Pre-1960's Capacity, within its Natural Basin. The Silt and Mud removed from its entire Length as we the Residents and the Consortium of Drainage Board Members have indicated is needed, then the Existing road levels are fine, as they have been for the Last 50 years. Ut is only the inaction of the Environment Agency, and their other Schemes, that they have been involved in doing that has upset the Balance on the Levels and Moors. It's simple , Manage the Potentials correctly, not having to Re-Act to a Situation of Flooding. For 2 years on the Trot. My fears are that the partial dredging that they are carrying out, will not be enough to Deter another Winter of Dire Discontent !! To those unfortunate Home-Owners that find their homes, under 4-5 ft of Water again, without Insurance, I do not hear of the Environment Agency being made to Pay out towards the Residents of Muchelney, or Burrorbridge for the Damage caused to Property. Blue Owl
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