The banks were created in 2009 when the new defences were installed as part of the St Neots Flood Alleviation Scheme to protect the town from flooding. Since then a trench has been worn into the bank by people taking a shortcut across the top of it. If it went unrepaired, the Environment Agency (EA) said, it would cause further structural problems and the banks ability to act as a flood defence. The work was being carried out over eight months by the EA. Project manager Ian Cooper said: Once the work is done we would hope that people will stop using it as a shortcut. They are unwittingly doing damage to an important flood defence, and there is a perfectly good path adjacent to the bank.