More than £2m investment announced for Gloucestershire flood defence works

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By Pamtan | Friday, February 08, 2013, 03:35

Gloucestershire County Council has confirmed how it will be spending more than £1m of efficiency savings in flood defence works across the county.

The council had a pot of £1.086m available for flood alleviation, and asked the six district councils to bid for funding for works in their areas. 

All six came back with a list of projects, and the county council was able to give them nearly all the funding requested.

The districts themselves are also investing in the schemes which, in some cases, have been topped up with cash from the parish or town council or Environment Agency, taking the total investment in flood alleviation across the county to nearly £2.25m.

The county council is investing a total of £190k in flood alleviation in Cheltenham. Schemes in Cheltenham include:

· A flood bund and flood storage area at Hearne Brook, Charlton Kings, with a £100k investment from the county council.

· Property level flood protection in both Charlton Kings and Whaddon, with an investment of £45k for each scheme from the county council.

The county council is set to invest £250.2k in works in the Cotswold district, with schemes across the area, in Moreton, Weston Sub Edge, Chipping Campden, Lechlade, Northleach, Lower Slaughter, Bledington and Blockley. These include:

· A new flood relief ditch and culvert in Lechlade, with a £65k contribution from the county council.

· Culvert repairs and balancing pond in Northleach, with an investment of £27k from the county council.

· De-silting of watercourse and mill ponds, plus highway drainage improvements in Blockley, with a contribution of £20k from the county council.

The county council has pledged a total of £203k to schemes in the Forest of Dean, with works in Lydney, Cinderford and Berry Hill. These include:

· Diversion of a watercourse and new culvert in Lydney, with a contribution of £30k from the county council.

· Enhancing the surface water system at Kells Meend in Berry Hill, with a contribution of £155k from the county council.

· Regrade of existing drainage ditch at the cricket club in Cinderford, with a £5k contribution from the county council.

The county council is set to invest £212k in alleviation works in Gloucester. These include:

· Barnwood Park balancing pond improvements, with an investment of £20k from the county council.

· Works on the River Twyver at Abbeydale to improve flow and prevent blockages, with a contribution of £10k from the county council.

· Desilting the section of the Blackditch at Hempsted under the canal and a section of downstream channel, with an investment of £10k from the county council.

· Investigation, clearance and repair to a damaged drain/culvert running adjacent to the road under the pavement in Bristol Road, Quedgeley, with a £15k investment from the county council.

The county council is investing £25k in constructing a bund to form an attenuation pond at Lovedays Mill in Painswick, Stroud.

The county council has pledged a total of £205k to schemes in Tewkesbury. Improvement works in Tewkesbury include:

· A flood alleviation bund at Leigh, with a contribution of £70k from the county council.

· Weir improvements at The Vineyards, with an investment of £10k from the county council.

· Bank reinstatement at Bramble Chase, with a £15k contribution from the county council.

· Channel improvements upstream of the Horsbere Brook flood alleviation scheme, with a £15k investment from the county council.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "This work is great news for the people of Gloucestershire. This investment in protecting our infrastructure from the flood risk has been made possible thanks to back-office savings. 

"There are schemes right across the county which will reduce the flood risk further in those areas."

Work has already started on some of the schemes across Gloucestershire, with others expected to start within the next few months.

      

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