Smarden Parish Council
A tributary of the Medway, the river Beult (pronounced ‘belt’) runs through the centre of the parish. It is an attractive feature with ancient bridges including Town Bridge and Hadman Bridge as well a Victorian Iron Bridge.
Despite an effective pumping station in the village centre, Smarden has a history of flooding problems which cause great distress to householders. Please can all landowners help us by keeping their ditches clear.
Smarden has a Flood Warden who liaises with the Environment Agency and residents who live in the vicinity of the river. We are most grateful to Keith de la Plain who fulfils this role. We recommend that anyone living in the flood plain or who requires such information for travel purposes registers with the Environment Agency to receive alerts via http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/34978.aspx
If you are not on our Flood Warden's list and would like to be notified in the event of a flood warning, please contact the Parish Clerk. For further information about flooding see Appendix 4 of the Smarden Emergency Plan.
Most of the time our river is a delight, whether viewed from a bridge or a footpath, including the flora and fauna that it attracts. The Annual Easter Sunday Duck Race is not to be missed!