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EFFORTS are being made to reduce flooding in several South Downs villages.

Finchdean, Rowlands Castle and Hambledon have been deemed at high risk of flooding and stand at the top of a table of 200 flood-risk areas in Hampshire.

Hampshire County Council has now put together a countywide groundwater management plan with other bodies, including local councils, the Environment Agency and water companies.

Lisa Walker, the clerk for Rowlands Castle Parish Council, said: ‘Last year’s flooding was the worst since 2001.

‘Two of our councillors are attending a meeting at the county council to discuss this and I would ask residents to have a look at the plan and make comments.

Peter Errington, from the council’s environment department, said the plan is not complete and they are hoping to use people’s local knowledge to reduce flooding.

Measures suggested including redirecting streams and building bunds. Visit