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Flood defences for village

Wildboarclough homeowners have been handed £28,500 to protect their homes from flooding.

Wildboarclough homeowners have been handed £28,500 to protect their homes from flooding.

The village was devastated by a flash flood in May 1989, when the banks of the River Dane burst causing water to tear through the village, damaging several bridges in its wake and claiming a life.

Now the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has given the green light for a £28,500 grant to be used by Cheshire East Council (CEC) to provide much-needed protection for residents most at risk, at Dingers Hollows Farm and Edinboro Cottages.

Caroline Keightley, of Edinboro Cottages, and Maria Teitner, of Dingers Hollows, were instrumental in putting the bid together.

Caroline said: "It was hard work but worth it.  Information surrounding climate change, and what happened recently in the lake district, has brought these issues into focus, its great that we have secured this money with the help of Cheshire East and DEFRA."

The grant is part of a £5.3million property level flood protection and resilience scheme to help tackle surface water flooding, which has become a way of life for residents in Wildboarclough.

Macclesfield Forest Councillor Hilda Gaddum said: "It is absolutely fantastic. I’m absolutely delighted for the residents, its very good news for them. I particularly welcome the support given by this grant for the low-lying dwellings in Wildboarclough, which have suffered flooding in the past."

 

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