FLOOD FORUM: The Cuckmere Flood Forum is working with ESCC – the lead flood authority, to obtain data on flooding throughout the valley. There are many fields which we all know flood regularly but with no data-base it is impossible to prevent inappropriate development. Flooding is not always from the river but can be highway gulleys or high ground water levels or run-off from high land. Cuckmere Flood Forum is trying to gather information about flooded areas along the Cuckmere, this includes fields which have flooded historically. If you see a flood and can take a photograph with details of date and location, they would appreciate you letting them know. They can either be sent to your parish clerk to forward or direct to the Flood Forum at firstname.lastname@example.org. This data will enable parishes to fight development in inappropriate areas in the future. At the moment there is an Environment Agency map showing fluvial flooding. However, there are many areas with high ground water levels subject to flooding, and there are no historical records of these and the Cuckmere Flood Forum would be grateful for your help.
ACTION IN RURAL SUSSEx: Donna Lonsdale is a Village Agent working for Action in rural Sussex, (AirS). AirS is a charity that has been working with communities for over 80 years and is passionate about supporting local people to provide new activities and services. Her role is to encourage community development in rural locations in East Sussex – this is free to access. If you would like further information or assistance, please email: Donna.LonsdaleO’Brien@ruralsussex.org.uk. Please visit the website: https://www.ruralsussex.org.uk/whatwe-do/village-agents/.