The Environment Agency have responded to concerns raised by some residents regarding the extent of cutting back of bankside vegetation along the Great Stour through Ashford.
We are aware that concerns have been raised regarding the extent of cutting back of bankside vegetation along the Great Stour through Ashford. We have raised the issue with the Environment Agency and received this reply:
“Thank you for your enquiry re the Tree maintenance works currently being carried out in Ashford.
As you have mentioned these maintenance works are necessary, to increase conveyance during increased water levels through this critical section of the Great Stour and reduce flood risk to South Ashford Area. The River Stour has not undergone maintenance in this section for many years which may result in the works appearing rather harsh, however the new growth this spring will be significantly improved due to the pioneering and I believe the residents will be pleased.
Our funding for these works is on a project by project basis and when we receive funding to carry out such works it may look severe when first carried out but we do balance our maintenance to take account of environmental considerations to all the works we carry out including the time of year for such works.”