Pipe to tackle flooding is just what’s needed here

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No-one will easily forget the shocking images of water flowing like a river down Hambledon’s main street. 
 And not just for a couple of days. In the end, it was for weeks.

Yes, the rain was biblically bad, but it didn’t stop the sight being arresting.

Which is why we share the relief no doubt felt in the village today as plans for an underground pipe are one step closer to becoming a reality.

The pipeline is what the villagers have been calling for and would no doubt make a huge difference.

Of course, it’s not all good news.

The metre-wide pipe would take 12 months to build and there would be considerable disruption while the work was done.

But we applaud the can-do approach being taken in Hambledon.

There was a problem – a big problem. But rather than waiting for it to happen again, or keeping everything crossed that it won’t, action is being taken now and that’s to be commended.

The county council and the Environment Agency working hand-in-hand to solve what is obviously a problem is admirable.

Of course, we’re still a long way off it being a reality but it’s a firm step in the right direction.

And it’s not a moment too soon.

It’s not controversial to say that extreme weather like that which we saw earlier this year is likely to become much more common over the coming years.

Whether you are a believer in man-made climate change or a sceptic doesn’t make a difference.

Something’s happening and work like this proposed pipeline can only make us better prepared for next time the floods come.