The Environment Agency in England has announced that construction on the Badsey Brook flood scheme in Worcestershire is due to start in summer 2017.
Construction will start this summer on a £4 million flood storage area which will reduce the risk of flooding to nearly 300 homes and businesses in Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot.
Councilor Emma Stokes, portfolio holder for environment and street scene on Wychavon District Council, said, “It’s almost 10 years since the floods of 2007 but none of us will forget the devastating impact they had. This scheme will help reduce the risk of future flooding and provide greater protection to communities in Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot.”
Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot were severely flooded in 2007 following record breaking rainfall across the area. The new flood storage area in Broadway will be able to hold up to 135,000 cubic metres of water during times of flood and will only allow a set amount of water to flow downstream at times of intense and high rainfall. This will reduce flood risk along the Badsey Brook downstream of Broadway.
As a condition of the planning application detailed archaeological investigations, part funded by Worcestershire County Council, are being carried out. This involves excavation work and will reduce the risk of delays during construction. These ground works are almost complete.
Specialist contractors are currently on site carrying out tree clearance in preparation for the main flood scheme works.
Daniel Wilkinson, from the Environment Agency, said “Flooding has a devastating impact on people’s lives and livelihoods, so it’s great that by working together with our partners we have managed to find a solution which means we are now one step closer to reducing the risk of flooding for residents living in Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot.”
The highly acclaimed Morpeth flood protection scheme, which opened in 2015, also includes a flood storage area.
The Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme was named Project of the Year in the 2016 ‘Constructing Excellence Awards’ which recognise the very best companies, collaborations and projects, sharing best practice and inspiring others to adopt new and better ways of working that deliver outstanding results.