Operation Watershed success story continues with latest funding awards

'Operation Watershed has successfully supported local communities by funding more than 360 projects to a total value in excess of £3million'


A total of £140,133 is being distributed in the latest rounds of Operation Watershed Active Communities Fund awards.

Ten projects will benefit from the county council fund, which encourages communities to act against flooding.

Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “The Operation Watershed success story continues: these latest awards span across a variety of organisations, helping them to do great work and make a real difference.

“Since starting in 2013, Operation Watershed has successfully supported local communities by funding more than 360 projects to a total value in excess of £3million, and worked with nearly 150 groups.”

The latest awards are:

• Warnham Parish Council, £13,199.06, ditch/gulley clearance and extension, culvert jetting and the construction of new culverts in Byfleets Lane, Station Road and Mayes Lane

• Tangmere Parish Council, £ 3,840, investigation work, Cheshire Crescent

• Albourne Parish Council, £11,275.85, ditch clearance and culvert work, Reeds Lane

• Poynings Parish Council, £18,280, repairs and raising of footpath to reduce the risk of future surface water flooding, Poynings Road, School Cottage footway

• Trotton with Chithurst Parish Council, £6,960, CCTV and jetting of highway drainage just past Trotton Bridge

• Miland Parish Council, working in partnership with Linch Parish Meeting, £19,888, works including replacing culvert, new gullies, pipework, tree removal, ditching works, to improve the drainage system around the highway at junction of Fernhurst Road and Linch Road

• Kirdford Parish Council, £ 4,500, silt clearance of River Kird at Isling Bridge

• Tarring Flood Action Group, Worthing, £19,710, highway gulley jetting and CCTV, £38,460, feasibility study and design of retrofitted, sustainable drainage systems in locations adjacent to the highway in Tarring

• Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group, £280, printing of community riparian awareness leaflets

• Heene School, Heene, Worthing, £3,740.10, drainage investigation and design.
More information about Operation Watershed can be found at: please click here

To apply for Operation Watershed funding, please write to Operation Watershed, West Sussex County Council, Northleigh, County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RH or email please click here

At the start of 2018, Operation Watershed was given a strong endorsement through a questionnaire sent to groups which have received funding.

Asked on a scale of one to five how well the project met their expectations, with five being ‘extremely well, 75 per cent of community groups recorded a score of four or above, with the majority, 54 per cent, recording a top score of five. Seventy-eight per cent believed the community interest or activity involved in the project would be sustained.

The winner of the survey’s prize draw was Lavant Parish Council and volunteers from the Lavant Volunteer Task Force are pictured here with the prize - £100 worth of health and safety kit and other equipment.

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