A large part of the flood protection project in Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK, has now been completed. The Lower Tame flood risk management scheme is made of of 4 parts. The Fazeley section of the scheme was completed in August this year.
On 5 September 2014, the Environment Agency met with the local community, councillors and the construction team to officially open the Fazeley section of the Lower Tame flood scheme. This work has reduced the risk of flooding to 250 properties in the area. In 2007, flooding in the area caused damage to at least 150 properties.
The scheme demonstrates the Environment Agency’s commitment to flood mitigation projects. The agency claims that Every £1 the Environment Agency invests on protecting communities saves £8 in damage repair Investments in flood and coastal defences protect businesses and jobs and create confidence for future sustainable business investment.
Flood Walls and Raising Flood Banks
Construction of the £3.5 million Fazeley section of the scheme began in June 2013 and was completed in August 2014. The works include new flood banks at Mayfair Drive as well as new flood walls along New Mill Lane, Coton Green Football Club, Brook End and parts of Coleshill Road. The work has also involved raising the existing flood bank on Brook End and the Environment Agency has worked with Staffordshire County Council to reduce surface water flooding on Brook End and Coleshill Road.
£11 Million Lower Tame Flood Scheme
The Fazeley section is one of the 4 sections that make up the Lower Tame flood risk management scheme. The others are in Coton, Kingsbury and Whitacre Heath, with a total scheme cost of £11 million. There were over 2,000 residential properties at risk from flooding in these areas from the River Tame before works began.
Beverley Brown, Project Manager said:
We’re pleased to officially open the second section of the flood risk management scheme today. There has been a huge amount of work done to get us to this point and I’d like to thank everyone who’s been involved with the project.
Christopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, opened the flood scheme and said:
In 2007, many houses in Fazeley were flooded from the River Tame and the new flood defences will go a long way to ensure that doesn’t happen again.
For further information about the Lower Tame flood scheme visit Lower Tame flood risk management strategy.