The project appraisal board meeting, which took place in the Environment Agency’s offices at Sowton, was attended by EDDC engineer, Keith Steel and a colleague who have been working on plans for the scheme.  They made a strong case for Feniton’s urgent need for such a project, which was accepted by officials.

Feniton has been plagued by serious flooding issues in the last six to eight months and has a long-standing problem, which is caused by inadequate drainage installed in the 1960s.

The successful bid for funding is excellent news for Feniton residents who heard just two weeks ago, that EDDC has also pledged £500,000.

Mr Steel was delighted with the news and told me that he will now approach the Environment Agency and Devon County Council for the remainder of the funding.

The overall scheme for Feniton is estimated to cost £1.6m.

Now it is important that we keep the momentum up and achieve the full scheme as soon as possible, to offer relief to residents, who are constantly on their guard for heavy rain.