Emsworth street wins accolade at We Can Do It awards

  • Lumley Road, in Emsworth, won Best Street at this year’s We Can Do It awards
  • Neighbours helped protect each others homes from potential flood water last Christmas
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WORKING together to prevent their homes being flooded saw neighbours come out on top.

People living in Lumley Road, Emsworth, were shocked when they were named as winners at The News We Can Do It awards.

Best Street winners - Lumley Road in Emsworth ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151682-63)

Best Street winners - Lumley Road in Emsworth ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151682-63)

But their efforts to help one another last winter made them worthy winners of the Best Street category.

Everyone came together to line the street with sandbags to help reduce the chance of floodwater getting into homes.

The previous year, they were hit by floods over Christmas and many homes were ruined by the water.

Kathy and Alan Dawkins, Mary Forbes and Ian Stevenson picked up the award at the ceremony held on Sunday at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.

The whole community are into helping and supporting each other.

Ian Stevenson

Alan said: ‘It is really lovely to have won.

‘We do want to say thank you to the Environment Agency for helping us out by providing the sandbags and for their hard work.

‘We were up against some tough competition in this category and didn’t expect to hear our names called.

‘But it is a fantastic way to say thanks to everyone who worked hard.’

‘It was good to see that Emsworth High Street also got recognition by being nominated.’

The Best Street category highlights the good work neighbours do by banding together.

Ian said people in Lumley Road have been working hard to help each other protect their homes.

‘Protecting our homes is an on-going project,’ he said.

‘Lining the streets with sandbags was the second phase and now we are at phase three, beginning of phase four.

‘The whole community are into helping and supporting each other.’

Runner-up in Best Street went to Nettlecomb Avenue, in Southsea.

Neighbours held a street party to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. The road was transformed with bunting, games, live entertainment, tables and food.