Midhurst fair raises awareness of flooding

Residents of Bepton Road were stranded when the road flooded on Christmas Eve
Residents of Bepton Road were stranded when the road flooded on Christmas Eve

IT was one of the worst winters in living memory for flooding across the Midhurst and Petworth area.

Many people endured a living nightmare when water gushed 
into their homes over the Christmas holiday two years ago.

And now The Midhurst Water Fair is coming to town, aiming to raise crucial awareness of flooding and water usage.

The event on Saturday, November 21 will see a host of organisations getting together at the South Downs Centre, North Street from 10am-2pm, giving people the chance to meet key organisations.

It is sponsored by West Sussex County Council’s Operation Watershed Fund and the Arun and Rother Connections Project.

Operation Watershed funds highway drainage and environmental improvements in areas of the county worst affected by floods.

Peter King, project manager, said: “This is a unique opportunity to not only learn more about the local water environment, but also for people to put their point of view across and ask questions relevant to them and their community.

“By arranging for a wide range of organisations including government bodies, business and NGOs to all be together, the community will get a great sense of how everyone is working together to achieve common goals”.

The National Flood Forum will be showcasing property protection products and there will be chemical water-testing taking place.

A number of sustainable urban drainage systems-based companies will also be present, with demonstrations of permeable paving, green roofs and other products.

There will be 
guided walks to South Pond in Midhurst to look at the work being done and a presentation by South Downs National Park on riverfly monitoring.

As the fair coincides with Chemistry Week, there will be activities for kids and the Environment Agency will have a water model on display.

Two thousand questionnaires are being sent out in advance to find out perceptions of the water situation.

This survey is also available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/midhurstwf

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