Council holding photography competition to raise awareness of Whittlesey Wash flooding

15:25 30 January 2013

Flooding at the B1040 Whittlesey Wash

Flooding at the B1040 Whittlesey Wash

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WHITTLESEY Town Council is running a competition to raise awareness of the flooding of the washes and the disruption it causes on both the B1040 and the A605 roads.

Prizes will be awarded to primary school pupils, under 18s and over 18s for the best photograph of the washes in flood.

The Whittlesey Wash road was once again closed this week because of flooding.

Councillor Gary Swan, of Whittlesey Town Council, said: “We have got together as a council and would like to highlight the many problems flooding causes to the residents of Whittlesey and the surrounding villages.

“If we get photographs of the washes while they are in flood we can go to lobby Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council or the Highways Agency with a nice array of photographs that people from the area have taken.”

The competition is being sponsored by Whittlesey photographer Chris Brudenell and the town council.

The three winners will receive a photoshoot with Mr Brudenell and two eight by ten prints.

Cllr Swan hopes the competition demonstrates the council’s determination to improve the situation for Whittlesey residents.

He said: “We would like to show the public we are not just sitting on our backsides and doing nothing.

“The aim is to have a portfolio to take with us and we thought this was the best way to raise awareness of our plight.”

The competition will be open until the end of February with the winners announced on March 13,

Entrants should take their photographs to the town clerk at Grosvenor House, Eastgate, Whittlesey.

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  • While the B1040 is flooded between Whittlesey and the North Bank road, often the North Bank itself stays largely dry. This would make it an ideal time to undertake the safety barrier installation work we are advocating at the North Bank's notorious blind bend, as traffic management issues would be much reduced and installation could progress more efficiently, without interruption. The introduction of vehicle activated 'Slow Down' signs, at this bend in 2005, due to a fatal river immersion accident the previous year, has failed to prevent a series of further accidents, two of them fatal, the latest in September last year, and several involving river immersion. Graham Chappell, Campaign Organiser, The Fenland Road Safety Campaign (Charlotte's Way)

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