VITAL flood defences are protecting a village hall from future water damage.
New water doors and water walls for Lavant Memorial Hall were made possible by a funding boost from Operation Watershed, a scheme by West Sussex County Council.
For years Lavant villagers have fought against time – and rising water – to get sandbags in position.
Now, chairman Peter Winter can relax thanks to Floodstop’s defences.
“We were already looking at what we could do,” said Mr Winter. “We got involved with the parish council and through them appealed to the county council’s scheme.
“We were granted £7,000 towards the defences. We are much, much happier knowing the water won’t cause damage.”
The village hall was badly affected in December 2013 and in 1994 when the committee lost up to £7,000 revenue.
The new defences include blocking air bricks and flood barriers in the hall doorways.
“I could do all five doors on my own now,” said Mr Winters.
“I needed about six people before to help with the sandbags.”
Mr Winter thanked Fred Barber, one of the trustees of the Lavant Memorial Hall who he said ‘did a lot of the early work in getting the quotes’.
The defences were installed by Selsey-based firm Floodstop.