Welney drop-in event
ahead of summer works programme
Jackson Public Liaison Officers in Cambridgeshire have held their first public information drop-in event since the Covid epidemic.
The event was held in Welney Village Hall and was hosted by Jackson PLOs Monica Stonham and Yazmin Parry. Some of engineers were also on hand to answer questions.
Over the years Welney has been prone to flooding and this summer Jackson, working on behalf of the Environment Agency, is due to build a demountable barrier next to the road into the village that can be moved into place when water levels are high and reduce the chance of flooding.
The works will involve a road diversion for drivers, so it is important that residents are well-informed of the plans, so they know the reason for the work and are able to prepare.
Welney drop-in event ahead of summer works programme
Raising the bank
The project is part of the larger Ouse Washes scheme that Jackson has been working on for the Environment Agency for the past five summers, raising the height of the flood storage reservoir bank - the Middle Level Barrier Bank and part of the South Level Barrier Bank - to maintain protection to more than 2,000 properties and 67,000ha of agricultural land.
Because of the Covid lockdown, Jackson has been unable to hold public facing events since 2019 to keep members of the public updated on the progress of the works.
Instead, Jackson has contributed to an Environment Agency virtual exhibition - an interactive website that keeps the public informed of progress and upcoming works.