Paige MacLeod with the sign depicting the names of the new flood gates. Picture: Kevin Elfleet

A West Norfolk schoolgirl has won a competition to name three new flood gates at the Environment Agency’s Denver Sluice complex.

The gates were installed during the winter as part of a major investment and refurbishment project at the complex, which plays an important role in managing water throughout Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and beyond.

Apart from London’s Thames Barrier, the Denver complex is the site with the largest suite of flood risk and water resource assets which the Environment Agency owns and operates.

The sluice stops sea water from flooding low-lying land in Norfolk and the Fens if the tides are high, and holds water back in summer to allow farmers to use it for their crops.

Pupils from Denver Primary School were challenged to find the best set of names for the new gates.

The winning entry was from Paige MacLeod of class four.

Paul Burrows, flood and  coastal risk manager for East Anglia area (Great Ouse), said the standard of entries was very high.

He said: “However, after much deliberation the winning names for the gates were those put forward by Paige.”

The gates will be called Pirate’s Gate, Mucky Porter Gate and Farmer’s Boy Gate.

Mr Burrows said the judges were impressed with the names which had been based on old local stories and had relevance to the area.