Barn Dance raises funds for flood project

By Nigel Slater 17/05 Updated: 24/05 12:38

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Buy photos » Debbie Parry, Anthony Halling, Liz Eyre, Alexandra Brigden and Sue Taylor get into the barn dance spirit to raise raise funds for a new floodage storage area covering Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot. (s)

MORE THAN £1,000 was raised during a barn dance to help pay the cost for a new flood prevention scheme.

Around 200 residents got into the old-style dancing spirit at Mount Pleasant Farm in Childswickham which saw a total amount raised between £1,400 and £1,500.

The raised funds will help pay for a £3million flood storage area which will reduce the flood risk to a one in 75 year chance for 57 homes in Broadway and 215 in Childswickham and Murcot.

In January the Observer reported a fund-raising committee had been set up after homeowners were being urged to pay up a shortfall of £312,000 which the Environment Agency said needed to be raised by community fund-raising for the flood project to go ahead.

Once that money has been raised the vital project can then be included in their national programme of flood works.

Liz Eyre, county and district councillor for Broadway, said: "It is early days as community funding is a requirement of Government funding. It was always going to be a challenge but the ball is rolling.

"The benefit to the villages and the surrounding area is clear - properties, businesses and insurance premiums would benefit.

"Hats off to Sue Taylor, Helen and Debbie Perry, Alexandra Brigden and all those stalwart volunteers who made this happen."

Anthony Halling, Childswickham parish councillor, added: "Our community group has done a fantastic job and it is so nice to see local people supporting a local cause. My thanks go to everyone who was involved."

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