The EA have ordered the new 'Eel compliant' pumps with a view to them being commissioned by September 2015. The Frodsham pumping station will be taken over by Peel, the Ince pumping station will be acquired by a consortium of Peel, Grow How and Quinn Glass. The landowners have the responsibility to keep the drains, culverts, cuts and ditches on their land free-flowing.
The landowners will co-ordinate their activities through a partnership board.
I have to note both my thanks and congratulations to everyone involved and especially the landowners - who through their work in cleansing the cuts and ditches have the marshes well-drained at the moment. Clearly all of us have an interest in ensuring that Frodsham and Helsby are well drained.
Frodsham Town Council will have a seat at the partners table both as a landowner and as a community stakeholder.