Cotswold Given £100k To Further Improve Defences

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Cotswold Given £100k To Further Improve Defences

Communities in the north Cotswolds have been given a flooding boost this summer after learning they would benefit from over £100,000 in flood prevention work.

Cotswold District Council received £110,000 from the government body Defra (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) in June after applying for money in 2008 to help communities to embrace flooding prevention work.

The cash will now be used for vital flooding resilience work in the towns and villages of Moreton-in-Marsh, Weston-sub-Edge, Chipping Campden and Tagmoor Hollow, just outside Bourton-on-the-Water.

The two biggest beneficiaries of Defra’s grant will be the projects in Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water, which have both been given £35,000.

In the small settlement of Tagmoor Hollow, outside Bourton-on-the-Water, the money will be used to replace a culvert in a country lane to eliminate a constriction in the flood relief ditch. In Moreton-in-Marsh, the grant will be put towards further modelling work in the vicinity of Batsford Estate to determine locations where water can be stored around the town during heavy rainfall. This will prevent rainwater building up in locations prone to flooding.

Meanwhile, in Chipping Campden, a grant of £20,000 will be used to investigate the practicalities of storing water in a new pond at Campden House, to the west of the town. The landowner earlier agreed that his land could be landscaped and used as a floodwater storage area in the event of heavy rainfall.

Finally, in the village of Weston sub Edge, £20,000 will be used to carry out a feasibility study to examine how an extreme amount of rainfall would affect the village and work out ways to prevent this.

Cllr Barry Gibbs, Cotswold District Council's portfolio holder for Housing and Communities, said: "Since the flooding in 2007, we have been working hard with the affected communities throughout the Cotswolds to help prevent any future flooding and are pleased that our application to DEFRA to support our efforts has been successful with this grant."

The projects in Moreton-in-Marsh will be carried out by reputable consulting firm MWH, while the work in Weston sub Edge and Bourton-on-the-Water will be undertaken by Hyder Consulting.

Posted : 07/07/2009 22:43:06

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