Posted: Tuesday 2nd September 2014

The Lower Dove Flood Alleviation Scheme, which raised and extended flood defences along the River Dove in Derbyshire, has been awarded the CIWEM Rivers & Coastal Group Jack Lewin Prize. The Prize is awarded annually in recognition of a project that has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of rivers and coastal environments.

The Environment Agency-led scheme brought together a range of stakeholders, including South Derbyshire District Council and local parish councils, and received significant financial support from Nestlé. It was selected as an excellent example of successful partnership funding and stakeholder engagement.

Hannah O’Callaghan, in her last act as Chair of CIWEM Rivers & Coastal Group, presented the Prize to representatives of the Environment Agency and Egginton Parish Council.

She said:

“I am impressed by the dedication of the multi-organisational project team that worked together on the Lower Dove Flood Alleviation Scheme. This project is a great example of where a partnership funding approach has been taken that has reduced flood risk to local communities and business in the Lower Dove valley.”

Accepting the award, Environment Agency Project Manager Sharon Rassool said:

“Working on the Lower Dove has been a privilege and inspiration, especially the dedication of Mark Swain and the rest of the project team in achieving a true community asset. The scheme offers protection to the villages of Scropton, Hatton and Egginton, and the contributions from individuals, local authorities and private companies have demonstrated how partnership working can benefit all involved.”

South Derbyshire District Councillor and Chairman of Egginton Parish Council Lisa Brown said:

“This prize is the result of a wonderful combination of twelve years of totally dedicated and determined meetings, planning, commitment, negotiation, and lobbying; encouraging individuals, communities, organisations, commerce and industry to come together in partnership to deliver flood defences to the beleaguered communities in South Derbyshire. The newly completed defences have taken 2,000 or more residents and many businesses out of flood threat. It is an award for these communities, the Environment Agency, the local authorities and industry, all of which have worked together in partnership, sharing the vision, the energy and the financial commitment.

“I hope that the scheme will be a beacon and model for others to follow and the community is so very grateful for the unique honour of this award.”

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