Hassocks residents are invited to a public meeting this Saturday (April 1) to discuss flooding in the village.
Flood risk groups are calling on villagers to help map flooding hotspots and identify sites for rain gardens.
The meeting will run from 10am to 1pm at the Hassocks United Reformed Church (URC) in Keymer Road.
Dusty Gedge, an international leader in green infrastructure, will speak at 10.30am.
HKD Transition and the Hassocks Amenity Association have been working in partnership to address flooding and environmental concerns about the Herring stream, which flows through Hassocks.
With guidance from the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust (OART), volunteers have started work on natural flood management along one branch of the stream, and OART have trained a group of community volunteers to monitor water quality and aquatic life where the stream enters and leaves the village.
The groups have started to look at how Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), known as rain gardens, might reduce surface water flooding and runoff into storm drains.
With funding from West Sussex County Council’s Operation Watershed, the group is mapping flood hotspots and potential sites for rain gardens and other SuDS measures.
The aim is to produce a report and map that identifies areas of the village where the maximum impact on surface water flooding could be achieved. Another public meeting in June will present the project’s findings and recommendations.
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