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Diddlebury Parish Flood Action Group

Progress Report January 2022

Over the three months since our last Progress Report we have:

Finalised our Flood Response Plan. This now requires signing off by the Shropshire Council which should occur shortly.

At a recent Zoom Meeting with the NFF, finalised our Flood Action Plan which will form the Agenda for our forthcoming Multi Agency Meeting (MAM). This has been postponed for at least a month so that a face to face meeting can take place as soon as this is allowed by Covid Regulations – hopefully in February or March.

Cleared out the Diddle Brook alongside Mill Lane ready for winter flows.

Acquired two Flood Warning Signs for use in Diddlebury.

Recruited Chris Jackson (late of Highways Dept) as a volunteer to bring his in depth knowledge to bear on our drainage issues.

Made an arrangement whereby flood alert emails from the depth gauge in Diddlebury are automatically forwarded to all relevant members.

Noted with relief the recent actions taken by Highways in Diddlebury, Lower Corfton and Middlehope.

Recruited several new members to our Core Group and Immediate Assistance Group

Geoff Neden

Diddlebury Parish Flood Action Group

10th January 2022

Diddlebury Parish Flood Action Group

Progress Report September 2021

The Group has been rather busier over the past two months during which period we have:

  • Provided information to Ruth Awara, a Doctoral Researcher at the School of Engineering, Computing and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University who is carrying out research into …” identifying workable improvements in the flood management system in England, and help identify specific legal and governance requirements”.
  • Arranged a work party which carried out the usual clearance tasks in the Diddle Brook at the bottom of Mill Lane on 28th August. One more work party will probably need to be organised before the end of the year.
  • Cleared Himalayan Balsam from the banks of the Diddle Brook and publicised the need to eradicate this alien.
  • Complained to Highways about the lack of access to Andy Keyland at the Craven Arms Depot
  • Given advice on potential flooding to prospective house purchasers in Bache Mill
  • Chased Highways over their promised but unfulfilled actions at Peaton Strand following the site meeting held there in April
  • Held site meetings with local residents and the developer on potential flooding problems at the new housing development in Bache Mill

Geoff Neden

Diddlebury Parish Flood Action Group

22nd September 2021



Diddlebury Parish Flood Action Group

Himalayan Balsam

This is an invasive weed which is becoming more of a problem in our area.

If you are not familiar with it, I include an image below.

It is particularly prevalent along the banks of the Diddle Brook this year but also grows along all other local watercourses including the River Corve.

More information is available via the following link:


If you see these plants whilst out walking, please do pull them up. They come up easily including the roots.


Diddlebury Parish Flood Action Group


Diddlebury Parish Flood Action Group

Progress Report June 2021

On Tuesday 2nd June, the first working party of the year turned out to clear the stream at the bottom of Mill Lane, Diddlebury of excess weed growth and gravel.

With a good turnout, the work was completed in about one and a half hours. The stream is now ready for the July rains.

Images taken before and after are included below


Before                                                                     After


Before                                                                                              After

Geoff Neden

26th June 2021

Diddlebury Parish Flood Action Group

Progress Report March 2021

As part of the Shropshire Flood Action Group Forum, we have attended Zoom Meetings with several senior members of the Shropshire Council including Professor Mark Barrow (Director of Place), Steve Smith (Assistant Director of Infrastructure) and John Bellis (Flood Risk Manager) and also senior members of the Severn Trent Water Services Company. These face to face meetings are useful in that they give us a direct link to individuals who are near the top of the relevant decision making processes in the Council and to who we can appeal if our contacts lower down the hierarchy are being stymied by bureaucracy.

The Shropshire Council have indicated that they are willing and able to provide funding to Flood Action Groups for the provision of things such as sand bags (or their modern equivalent – Flood Sax), Road signs for use during flooding and so on. The Forum has carried out a survey of all its member Groups to quantify what is needed and the results of this will be passed to the Council for action. As part of this process we have been updating our Flood Response Plan (FRP) so as to ascertain what is needed locally. Our FRP is predicated on triggers which in Diddlebury are the flow levels in the Diddle Brook as shown on the level gauge by the road bridge. As there are no equivalent gauges in the Pye Brook, we are pushing for the provision of a new flow level gauge in the Pye Brook above Bouldon so that settlements downstream have some early warning of flooding. The one in Diddlebury has proved to be very useful.

In line with the above, we are trying to recruit a volunteer in each of the settlements we cover to act on our behalf at times of flooding – first preference being the Core Group Member in that location. In particular, we are looking for anyone who has useful skills (first aid etc) or useful equipment (4x4 etc). We also could do with sites for storage of sand bags etc in most settlements. The NFF offer training to Volunteers and have also set up Insurance products to cover the actions of all such volunteers (including those involved in regular stream clearances, litter picking etc). We are currently investigating these to see which we need as a Group.

There is a good chance of ongoing funding for the Slow the Flow project in the Corvedale after the end of the current one which has now been completed. The Report of this Project which will include the Report from Cardiff University on the effectiveness of leaky dams, will be published in the next month or so.

Otherwise we continue with the usual grind of trying to get Highways to clear blocked gulleys (like the perennially blocked one in Mill Lane, Diddlebury) and more urgently, the undermined wall in Bouldon.

We have applied to the Shropshire Council for a new Ordinary Watercourse Consent (OWC) which we need in order to carry out any work in the Diddle Brook. Our current one expires in May.

We continue to monitor all incoming Planning Applications thanks to the assistance of the DPC.

We have requested £50 from the DPC for the FAG to top up the amount already allocated.

Although we have not been able to hold any Meetings for what seems like years, the work of the FAG goes on.

Geoff Neden

7th March 2021