A NEW action group has been set up to tackle flooding and sewage problems in the Cotswolds.

The Cotswold Flood Action Group has been formed with councillors from Gloucestershire County Council and representatives from Thames Water and the Environment Agency.

It has been split into different sub-groups, including one for Bourton and Naunton, to focus on particular areas prone to flooding and sewage.

Revealing the news at last Wednesday’s Bourton Parish Council meeting, County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton / Northleach) said: “There’s been so many issues about flooding and sewage across the whole Cotswold district.

"We’re going to bring in parish councillors and residents who have got specific issues about sewage and flooding and thrash it out with Thames Water and the Environment Agency.

“At last we are going to get it sorted out. I think this is the way forward.”

Parish council chairman Bryan Sumner welcomed the news.

“That’s encouraging,” he said.