Planning Enforcement to investigate Bridge Street flood marker

The flood marker on the Old Mill, Bridge Street, back in November. (Photo: Chris Marshall) EMN-150722-155237001
The flood marker on the Old Mill, Bridge Street, back in November. (Photo: Chris Marshall) EMN-150722-155237001

East Lindsey District Council’s Planning Enforcement Team are set to investigate why a flood marker on a building in Bridge Street - which marks the height of the fatal 1920 flood in Louth - has been covered up or removed without permission from the Council, despite being in a conservation area.

The flood marker, on Old Mill in Bridge Street, marks the height of the water during the ‘Great Flood’ of May 1920, which resulted in the loss of 23 lives and caused huge destruction within the town.

The Bridge Street flood marker has recently been covered up or removed. EMN-150722-161217001

The Bridge Street flood marker has recently been covered up or removed. EMN-150722-161217001

It is believed that the flood marker was covered or plastered over last month, resulting in anger from a number of local residents who consider it disrespectful to those who lost their lives in the floods 95 years ago.

When approached by the Leader, an ELDC spokesperson said: “Bridge Street is a conservation area and the Old Mill remains a Grade II Listed Building following reassessment by Historic England in 2013.

“Any works to a listed building and those that affect the character of the building would be required to have listed building consent.

“East Lindsey District Council has not received an application.

“The matter will now be investigated by the Planning Enforcement Team.”

The Old Mill householder is not currently available for comment.