The junction of
Rosemary lane with Crabtree lane. The Freshford Mill works are not visible
here. Even though the DEFRA flood risk
maps show that the Freshford Mill works is located opposite this lane junction
Note that this gate is exactly
opposite the junction between Rosemary and Crabtree lanes. I understand from
DEFRA that they have used Ordnance Survey maps. The visible factory buildings
are quite a long way away and lower than the road junction.
same junction looking toward the Mill site from the gate opposite the junction.
The metal gate and stile are the same
as in the photo above. Clearly the factory buildings are quite a long way away
down Rosemary lane.
The road junction photographed from Sharpstone. Even the very newest building is quite a distance from the junction
of the lanes.
These photographs show quite clearly that
the Flood Maps used by Department of the Environment
mislead the public by locating the Freshford Mill site much higher up
the valley than it actually is.
I have been reassured by the Ordnance
Survey that the error will be corrected with the next issue of the 1:50000 map
Freshford Mill site is in the blue area of the
map ie. it is much more at risk of
flooding than would appear from the flood risk map.
The red crosshairs identify the
actual location of the mill boundary allowing for scale.
Although as mentioned
elsewhere DEFRA has assured me that the maps used by BANES planning are correct
there is even room for doubt for the accuracy of Ordnance survey maps in general. Contours
may be out by as much as 30m in height!