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Millrace action group meet with MP

Sunday 31 January 2021

Members of the Restore Molewood Millrace action group have met online with local MP Julie Marson to discuss their campaign.

Initially Ms. Marson, who is a founder member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Chalk Streams, had agreed to a meeting and a site visit along the Millrace so that she could view the damage at the breach of the bank of the River Beane and the dried up watercourse, however lockdown restrictions prevented this.

Following an informal presentation of the current state of the Millrace, the recent severe flooding and the collapse of a large tree across the footpath which damaged private property, the group discussed the Environment Agency reaction to events and highlighted the urgency of the current situation, along with the wider impact of the dried up river on the community.

Ms. Marson explained the options available to her to raise the case in Parliament, should the need arise. As the EA is currently working with the Action Group to set up an advisory panel, all agreed that at this stage there is no need for parliamentary intervention but may be necessary if progression is not timely.  

The water channel dried up after a the bank was breached by a fallen tree

The aims of the advisory panel are to review the specification of work for consultants to carry out a feasibility study of remedial options and provide ongoing advice and support for the duration of the study. The group will also act as a conduit for information and communications on the project to local people, groups and organisations, and other interested parties.

Following the meeting, Ms. Marson said "the loss of the Molewood Millrace is a significant one to the local community. I support the campaign to restore this ancient and much-loved watercourse and will be taking action to see this happen".

Graham Smith of the Molewood Millrace Action Group said "We'd like to thank the local MP for showing concern in the loss of this important community amenity and look forward to working with her to restore Molewood Millrace"

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