It was really great to see at the presentation last week on the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project in Lowestoft that the support given to local residents in Pakefield and Carlton Colville during the flooding in July, 2015 alongside the campaigning for flood prevention improvements, which included the gathering of evidence about the incidents of flooding in both Pakefield and Carlton Colville (both from individuals and via Carlton Colville Town Council) over the last two years has finallyborne fruit. During the meeting a SCC officer explained that there are currently two Kirkley Stream improvement projects being explored by SCC in relation to both Pakefield and Carlton Colville. After attending all the meetings arranged by WDC, Anglian Water, the Environment Agency and SCC (including an investigative Scrutiny Committee) since July 2015 when flooding from the Kirkley Stream devastated residents’ lives in Pakefield it is important to note that local Councillors speaking up on behalf of local residents have finally been listened to and acted upon. It is really important therefore that local residents respond to the Consultation on the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project which invites views on the various options being considered. Residents need to make their views known on the options to prevent flooding from the sea and to ensure that preventative measures as suggested by SCC to reduce the risk of flooding from the Kirkley Stream go ahead. Visit the website onwww.lowestoffrmp.org.uk to make your views known.
Sonia Barker (Cllr)
District Councillor for Pakefield (former SCC for Pakefield Div)
Peter Byatt (former SCC for Pakefield Div)