Volunteers needed for new group

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A NEW group is looking for volunteers to lend a hand in an emergency such as flooding or bad weather.

The Suttons Emergency Planning Group has been set up in partnership with the Environment Agency and South Holland District Council, with help from local councillors Chris Brewis and Michael Booth.

Chairman of the new group, Richard West, said: “We are desperate for members of the community in Sutton Bridge, Long Sutton, Gedney and surrounding villages to join us in our mission.

“To make it sustainable and worth going ahead with we need volunteers so that in the event of adverse weather, for example, we can put our emergency plan into our action.”

Mr West said it would not be the role of the group to replace emergency services or the council, but would complement what they do.

It would involve identifying vulnerable members of the community so they could be treated as a priority in the event of an emergency, and possibly helping to distribute sandbags or other useful supplies.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more can contact Mr West by e-mail at sepg@hotmail.com