New Plans to protect communities from flooding

New Plans to protect communities from flooding – Latest plans to help protect residents in a number of flood-risk communities in Nottingahms from future flooding of their homes and business have been endorsed by County Councillors.

The publication of a new public register which lists structures and features which could have an impact should flooding strike, also got the go ahead at the Communities and Place Committee.

More than £6.4 million of external funding investment is available to support the Council’s main capital programme for flood protection schemes.  £1.2 million of this from the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Report Committee Local Levy, to which the Council contributes £276,000 each year, with £5.2 million from Flood Defence Grant in Aid as well as other considerable investment from Districts and other agencies.

Councillor John Cottee, Communities and Place Committee Chairman said:

 “The County Council, as a lead local flood authority, has been working hard to develop and promote schemes to protect properties from flooding in dozens of our towns and villages as we know flooding devastates lives.

“We of course have to prioritise high-risk flood locations where schools, businesses and those most vulnerable to flooding.  Often this involves complex flood issues which require very detailed investigative work, hydraulic modelling and longer-term solutions.

“For areas with lower risk, we are working closely with communities to improve resilience to flooding. In fact, working with local residents has been essential in helping improve our knowledge of their area’s needs and gives us more of an appreciation of the issues that they have faced.

“Our ongoing Village Resilience Project aims to give communities a better understanding of flood risk within their areas and how we can give more advice and support on ways individuals can help manage flood risk too.

“Of course, with the heavy rainfall earlier this month, we have also seen some communities which include Woodborough, Edwalton, Hucknall, Beeston, Clarborough, Radcliffe on Trent, Arnold and Normanton-on-soar having to deal with high water levels, affecting  local roads and in more serious cases, such as in Mapperley, Retford and Mansfield, residents’ properties have been affected.

“We are sympathetic to these issues and continue to work closely with key partners such as the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, The Trent Rivers Trust, the National Flood Forum and other local authorities with flood risk management remits to develop solutions for flood protection.”

Councillors agreed to the creation a new public ‘asset register’ listing features in the county area which could have an effect on flood risk, for example, culverts, historic structures, retaining walls. There’s estimated to be around 2,500 of these types of assets.

This register will be updated by the County Council, working with partners. Councillors agreed that the register should be jointly published as a combined county and city register in conjunction with Nottingham City Council.

Current schemes on flood prevention include:

Southwell – A major scheme to help protect up to 450 homes and businesses, which have previously suffered from serious flooding, was announced earlier this year.

The scheme involves £4.6m worth of engineering work to construct new flood defences across the town, due by 2021 and will be complimented by a natural flood management element.

Within the Southwell flood-risk area is the grounds of Lowes Wong Junior School, which is why project officers from Nottinghamshire County Council will be work closely with the school.  Pupils will be learning more about natural flood management which is where features such as ponds and trees are utilised to help store, absorb or slow down flood water.

Head teacher at Lowes Wong School, Mike Follon said he was pleased the school site would be part of the project. He said: “This will be an exciting educational opportunity for the children to learn more about their environment and a chance for the school to play an even more important part in the local community.”

Daybrook (Upper area)

£99,000 Local Levy funding is being invested over two years. Initial investigation work started in March 2018 to help find ways for this complex network of assets and features in the area to operate more efficiently to ultimately reduce flood risk.  A final report is expected later this summer and will be shared with Nottingham City Council to support their investigations into flood risk in lower Daybrook which falls in the City area.

Mansfield

A property flood resilience scheme worth £47,000 along Manvers Street in Mansfield has been recently completed providing individual protection for eight properties and one business which suffered from flooding in June 2016.

Hucknall

Thoresby Dale – the installation of a new surface water system designed to capture over flows to  reduce the likelihood and impact of flooding to 11 properties was completed last month  Work cost £381,000 was funded by the Local Levy programme.

Titchfield Park Brook – A feasibility study has taken place with funding options currently being considered. A flood risk schemes is planned to start towards the end of this financial year.

Walkeringham

A £900k scheme has now been delivered, via Local Levy funding to help protect 45 houses, local community facilities and the village school from flooding.

Please see the details of the full flooding update given at Community and Place committee, held on Thursday 19 April