Andrew Percy joined Cllr Rob Waltham at the Environment Agency presentation in Gunness recently. The presentation set out the agency's proposed works as part of the Gunness flood defence improvement scheme which should improve protection for Gunness and western Scunthorpe.
Prospective MP Andrew Percy explains, "We were really keen that any residents with a view on this popped along to the presentation, which is why we leafletted the entire village before the event to let residents know.
Basically, the Environment Agency plan to strengthen the existing defences along the River Trent by driving vinyl sheet piles along the length of the defences from Grove Wharf to Gunness Wharf. This work is necessary because of the danger of slippage and failure of the banks in certain flood events.
The works are due to start in the new year and should last 6 months and will sadly mean the closure of the footpath along the riverbank until the works are completed.
Rob and I were keen to make known to the Environment Agency our view that they must ensure that disruption to local residents is kept to a minimum whilst the works are completed."