A CRUCIAL development will bring to an end a South Derbyshire village’s flooding nightmare, councillors have said.
The construction programme for the multi-million pound Lower Dove flood risk management scheme has officially been launched following initial work which began in the summer.
Parish councillors have long campaigned for the installation of flood defences in the village, with their wish finally being granted a decade on from when the idea was first mooted.
Two other villages on the banks of the River Dove, Scropton and Hatton, will also receive extra protection under the project, and officials in Egginton believe its arrival marks a crucial stage in the village’s history.
More than 1,600 properties are set to benefit from the development which will significantly reduce the risk of flooding by raising, extending and improving the existing defences in Egginton, Scropton and Hatton.
The scheme was given a boost thanks to a £1.65 million cash injection from Nestle, which has a factory nearby in Hatton, while members of the community also did their bit, with collections over the years amounting to more than £25,000.
The village had experienced four significant flooding events in the past 20 years, and the need for improved flood defences in the region was highlighted only last month when Egginton was one of many areas submerged when the River Dove burst its banks.
Lisa Brown, from Egginton Parish Council, said: “This brings to fruition a 10-year campaign to address the annual nightmare of Egginton flooding which has left the community and its many aged and frail residents without access to or from the village nor to emergency services.
“Virtually every member of the Egginton community has personally contributed donations towards the cost of the flood defence work.
“The defences will bring great comfort and assurance to residents in this historic village of Egginton.”