Work begins on Walkeringham Flood Alleviation Scheme
Residents of Walkeringham will no longer have to worry about their homes and village being flooded again after work on an alleviation scheme, costing almost £1M, has now begun.
The project, which will protect the village of Walkeringham from future flooding, is being funded and delivered through a partnership between the Environment Agency’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid, and includes contributions from Bassetlaw District Council, A1 Housing and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Work on the scheme began in early October and will protect around 50 homes which suffered from severe floods in 2007 and heavy rain that almost flooded the same properties again in 2012. The project is expected to be completed by the end of February 2017.
Chris Howard, Walkeringham resident and Chairman of the Parish Council, said: “Walkeringham is delighted that the long promised Flood Alleviation scheme has started and I know that villagers will feel a greater sense of security and a reduced threat of flooding disruption at its completion.
“The village is grateful for the persistence of the experts at Bassetlaw District Council who remained determined to complete the work despite several setbacks along the way. We would also like to thank the Environment Agency, Nottinghamshire County Council and A1 Housing who have provided the large cost of this work as well as the landowners who have co-operated greatly with the planning.”
The scheme will create a by-pass channel and drain to the West of the village, which will divert flows and flood water from North Moor Road South across South Moor Road and Gringley Road to re-connect further downstream where there is adequate capacity in the main watercourse.
This will be supplemented with other flood mitigation works to watercourses and culverts across the village, such as cleaning out culverts of any blockages.
Cllr June Evans, Cabinet Member for Finance and Property said:
“It has taken a lot of hard work from all parties to get to this stage, but I am pleased to see that work has now started. This project will be of great benefit to the local community, especially the residents who have previously suffered the damaging effects of severe flooding.
“This builds on the success of previous schemes and is part of the on-going work by Bassetlaw District Council to mitigate flood risk across the district wherever possible.”
“Despite government cuts to Bassetlaw’s grant funding and the effect this has had on concurrent grants to parishes, this is a significant and much needed investment and shows the Council’s commitment to our rural towns and villages.”
Paul Lockhart, Area Flood Risk Manager for the Environment Agency, said: “We’re delighted to support a project which will better-protect around 50 homes in Walkeringham. Flooding can have such a devastating effect on communities and I would urge people to be #floodaware, check their flood risk and sign up for free flood warnings to get prepared for winter.”
Councillor Steve Calvert, Vice-Chairman of the Transport and Highways Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are proud to have been a key funding partner in this project and look forward to seeing the completion of the Walkeringham Flood Alleviation Scheme. Flooding devastates lives and we hope that these measures will bring extra protection to this local community.”
Cllr Jo White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, added: “This is a fantastic scheme that will provide security and peace of mind for Walkeringham residents that their homes will be safe from flooding in future years. It is also a fantastic example of partnership work to create lasting benefits for local people.”
The scheme was originally approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in 2013, but has hit a series of delays due to various engineering difficulties
The District Council has successfully delivered past flood alleviation and mitigation schemes for risk areas at Treswell, North Wheatley and Priorswell Road, Worksop.