Unfortunately the Woodborough Wetlands flood mitigation project will not go ahead. The PC worked to explore alternative avenues that might have salvaged the project but these were unsuccessful.
Woodborough Parish Council is enormously appreciative of the tremendous efforts made by the Environment Agency to try to get this project off the ground and will continue to work with them.
Georgina Preston of the Environment Agency said:
As you will already be aware, in January 2017 we held an event at Woodborough Village Hall regarding our outline plans for a wetland area on land off Bank Hill, in Woodborough village. Since then, we have continued to discuss the proposals with the landowner to finalise a design.
The proposed wetland would have remained in the ownership of the private landowner. The Environment Agency would have taken on maintenance of the critical flood defence aspects of the scheme, with the remaining parts being maintained and managed by the landowner. We had continued to work with the landowner to finalise the design and maintenance plans. These schemes require partnership working and agreement from both sides. Initially it looked like it could work really well, but as the scheme progressed we were unable to reach a resolution that would satisfy both parties and as such we are unable to progress this scheme further.
We are disappointed not to be able to construct this wetland and will continue to explore other opportunities in the future.