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Strong endorsement and the latest round of Operation Watershed community funding


A total of nearly £90,000 is being distributed in the latest rounds of Operation Watershed Active Communities Fund awards.

Twelve projects will benefit from the county council fund, which encourages communities to act against flooding. They are:

• Amberley Parish Council: £825 for surface water flooding investigation works (CCTV investigation and jetting) along School Road

• Ansty and Staplefield Parish Council: £11,984 for drainage works in Brantridge Lane, Staplefield

• Apuldram Parish Council: £32,846 for Apuldram Lane South and Church Lane riparian drainage improvements

• Fittleworth Parish Council: £11,913 for three projects to improve drainage in and around School Lane

• Fittleworth Parish Council: £4,624 to replace a damaged section of drainage from School Lane to a manhole on the playing field

• Fittleworth Parish Council: £2,748 to CCTV camera survey and jet wash a section of highway drainage in School Lane

• Henfield Parish Council: £4,856 for drainage improvement works along the A281 by Henfield Common

• Selsey Community Forum: £2,448 for further survey works to enable the development of flood prevention activity

• Selsey Community Forum: £12,240 to survey various water levels. Landowners can then be advised about the depth of the ditches and where improvements need to be made for flood prevention

• Stedham with Iping Parish Council: £5,511 for works on the southern side of Stedham Bridge

Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “Operation Watershed started in 2013, since when it has helped communities to do great work and make a real difference. It has also just received strong endorsement through a questionnaire sent to groups which have received funding.

“Asked on a scale of one to five how well the project met their expectations, with five being ‘extremely well’, 75 per cent of community groups recorded a score of four or above, with the majority, 54 per cent, recording a top score of five.

“Crucially, 78 per cent believed the community interest or activity involved in the project would be sustained.”

The winner of the survey’s prize draw was Lavant Parish Council.

More information about Operation Watershed can be found at:

To apply for Operation Watershed funding, please write to Operation Watershed, West Sussex County Council, Northleigh, County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RH or email