As this year ends I want to wish you all the very best for the New Year. To say this year has been difficult is an understatement, its been awful. I don’t want to dwell on it, even though some good things have come out of it. The most hopeful is the news that a second vaccine has just been approved.
A lighter moment was opening Peter Baker’s Christmas Card,
Just when we thought awful 2020 was on its way out down came the rain, for years now I’ve used a rain gauge, never before have I seen 40mm of rain in one day. This quantity of rain resulted in many areas of St Ives suffering a rapid inundation from surface water flooding. Environment Agency maps record this risk, but that does nothing to remedy the problem. In the short term better warning would help, longer term answers are not so easy to identify. One thing is clear to me though, the continued infilling of gardens with new dwellings is not helping the problem.
The Marley Gap Brook, which becomes Parsons Drove Drain rises north of the Wyton Airfield and flows alongside Somersham Road. It continues past the fast food outlets. The site and several of the buildings were flooded. The development of Wyton Airfield for housing envisages draining their surface water into Marley Gap Brook. The Society will monitor the plans and seek an outcome with a very slow release of heavy rain into the brook.
As one awful year ends I sincerely hope the next will be so much better, maybe not immediately but certainly by the summer, On behalf of the Committee members I wish all our members all the best for the New Year and look forward to open meetings restarting. Meanwhile, stay safe and well.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our events as we can recommence.
Chair: Civic Society of St Ives