I have lived in Prestbury for the past 35 years, and like many of the older residents, I saw at first-hand how local residents living in the Noverton, the High Street and Deep Street areas had to deal with the dreadful flooding of their homes after the usual regular period of heavy rainfall.
The water would sweep down from the Noverton hill (the ditches and culverts being too narrow and too shallow to take the excessive water flow), flooding homes and garages in its wake and turning the High Street and Deep Street into flowing rivers.
Homes in the High Street and Deep Street were constantly flooded, wrecking the carpets and anything else that had not been taken upstairs for safety.
Sometimes the amount of water was so excessive it even flowed into Bouncers Lane and New Barn Lane.
With the recent daily news of widespread flooding in the Tewkesbury area, and even worse flooding in other parts of the country, sometimes too with the loss of life, it brought it home to me how fortunate we are in being able to walk around the village roads without having to wade through flood water.
I am also proud to be chairman of the People Against Bureaucracy Group (PAB), with such dedicated councillors who were so determined more than thirty years ago to find a solution to the age-old problem of flooding in the village.
It took a lot of hard work but the PAB Group achieved not one but five flood alleviation schemes in the village at a cost of more than £2 million – quite an achievement.
Our councillors will not relax. They know that the five schemes will only be a continuing success, if the culverts are constantly free from rubbish and the ditches kept wide and deep. I have every confidence in them.
And I know that the same dedication and determination that was shown in the late 1980’s and 1990’s is still there, which is whyPrestbury is such a grand place to live.
Chairman of the PAB Group.