I CANNOT believe that Mr Roger Taylor - letter 24th January - is serious when he suggests dredging the River Allen to alleviate the temporary flooding of the Allenbourn School playing fields. These lie on the flood plain and are meant to flood when we get excessive rainfall as is now happening.
The river is perhaps the loveliest of the Dorset rivers and is one of only 160 chalk streams in the world. Dredging would be an act of gross ecological vandalism and would destroy a river which teems with wild trout and has a population of ducks, swans, water voles, eels and even the white claw crayfish. Certainly we in the town should make an effort to tidy up certain areas, particularly near Mill Lane and Crown Mead, which might improve the flow. Dredging and piling up the spoil would make it into a town drain. Mr Taylor is being simple if he thinks his idea has any merit.