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Village worry over flood defence

People in a Nottinghamshire village have said they are still unhappy despite alterations to controversial plans for a new flood defence scheme.

The Environment Agency wants to raise the level of a road next to the village green in Attenborough to make a flood wall appear lower.

Villagers are also unhappy at the proposed location of the defence wall.

Previous flood defence plans had to be withdrawn because they were deemed to be "inadequate".

The flood defence scheme would help protect about 15,000 homes.

Residents 'disappointed'

The Environment Agency said residents' concerns would be taken into account.

The agency's area manager, Sarah Fowler, said: "It's worth considering raising the road... we've got to go in there anyway to build foundations for the defence wall.

"We want to work with the residents to identify options for The Strand as it goes through Attenborough, and looking at ways of improving it."

One resident, Gary Smerdon-White, told the BBC the plans will impact greatly on village life.

"I'm absolutely disappointed, once again the Environment Agency seem to be completely ignoring any impact on the community and the conservation area.

"They just seem to be going for the claims that there's no other route."


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