We had a very useful discussion yesterday regarding our approach to managing the flood risk on the Phoenix Estate and the Pells.
Our team of flood experts from Holland spent the morning with some residents of the Pells and subsequently did a site visit.
Marnix de Vriend who leads the team brought with him two very experienced colleagues:
Dennis Martens, a fluvial and landscape architect;
and Dr Jochanan van Driel, a visiting professor at the University of Leiden who is a cultural historian and expert in community engagement with flood risk.
Their initial conclusions are that we should be thinking about the Ouse from source to mouth, not just taking a simplistic approach based on walls in Lewes, and that we should also be looking at the use of the land north of the Pells, which used to be carefully maintained to assist in water management, and which has been neglected over many years.
They will be back in September to prepare for a conference in October and we will continue to work with residents, Phoenix workers and them on our plans in the meantime.