Action will ensure homes stay safe

THE RSPB will take action to ensure that houses are not flooded if permission is granted for a new reed bed to replace habitats lost to the sea.

THE RSPB will take action to ensure that houses are not flooded if permission is granted for a new reed bed to replace habitats lost to the sea.

Villagers in Snape, near Aldeburgh, are concerned their homes could be vulnerable if land west of Abbey Farm, Bridge Road, is flooded for a new reed bed for bitterns.

They believe the drainage system will be affected, leading to the danger of flooding during bad weather.

But the RSPB has outlined a series of proposals to combat the threat and it is now waiting for the district council to make a decision on plans for the reed bed.


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The RSPB bought the land for �390,000 and the plans were due to be decided last April - but the organisation asked for a deferral and it is now expected a decision will be made in February.

Rob Macklin, the RSPB's Suffolk area manager, told the district council a hydrological report revealed the proposed development of wetland ''will have no effect on the current functioning of the septic tank systems in the properties at Cundle Green Lane or result in an increased flood risk to these properties.''

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