The floods of February 2014 resulted in a Flood Action Group being set up under the leadership of Jill Scrivener and Rachel Kent.
It was agreed that in order to get the village’s case heard by those organisations in a position to underwrite mitigation against further events (Environment Agency and Hampshire CC) it would be advisable to form a body covering the upper Bourne Valley and therefore regular meetings were set up with representatives of Upton, Hurstbourne Tarrant and St Mary Bourne to agree a collaborative approach to the various agencies.
The dialogue with both the EA and HCC is ongoing and whilst news of mitigation projects is still awaited, two initiatives have been completed within Vernham Dean.
Firstly, an Emergency Plan has been written and distributed (with the approval of HCC) which provides residents with information as to what to do in the event of future flooding or other emergency. This Plan can be found at the following link:
The Vernham Dean Emergency Response Plan
Secondly, two sumps have been installed at locations in Dean Terrace and School Close which will assist the deployment of large-bore pumps in the future.