Pressure on to resolve flood fears

SEWAGE campaigners are keeping up the pressure to rid a Broadland village of its flooding problems.Anglian Water say it is overcoming hurdles to a £1.

SEWAGE campaigners are keeping up the pressure to rid a Broadland village of its flooding problems.

Anglian Water say it is overcoming hurdles to a £1.7m scheme aimed at ending spillages in Ormesby St Margaret and blamed villagers who failed to fill in questionnaires for some of the setbacks.

Last month around 50 people packed the village hall for a question and answer session focusing on the scheme.

This week a spokesman confirmed the spending had been approved by Anglian Water directors but that there were still problems with the scheme for a new pumping station and sewer.

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The spokesman said AW had

modified the scheme in order to satisfy Norfolk County Council that an environmental impact assessment was not required.

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An objection had also been lodged against a radio mast at the proposed underground pumping station at Thoroughfare Lane.

She added: “There was some delay and we have had some difficulty as some of the questionnaires were not returned. Some people do not want their property identified as a flooding property and that has caused us a delay.”

She added that contrary to what was said at the meeting landowners had been consulted and were spoken to about the proposal last year.

“The delays were not all our fault. Some members of the public have been reluctant to have their homes identified. The laying of the pipeline we thought was permitted development. Norfolk County Council has asked for an environmental impact statement; we are hoping it will not be needed.

“Our main objective now is to move this forward as quickly as possible.

Geoff Freeman, chairman of Ormesby with Scratby Parish Council, said: “We have to keep up the pressure.

“In my heart of hearts I believe it will happen. If we see building work going on everyone will breathe a huge sigh of relief.”

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