New Flood protection project for Fairford gets go ahead

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New Flood protection project for Fairford gets go ahead

The green light has been given to start a flood alleviation project for Fairford which should ensure townsfolk are provided with excellent protection from river flooding in future years.

The project, which will cost over £600,000, is being funded jointly by the Environment Agency, Cotswold District Council, Gloucestershire County Council, and Fairford Town Council, involves the construction of embankments (‘bunds’) and low level walls to prevent river water flooding local properties. CDC has set aside £65,000 towards the scheme and, money has also been ‘ring fenced’ by the Town and County Councils; this show of financial support was a key factor in raising the additional funding from the EA.

Commenting on the prospect of the new flood relief scheme in Fairford, Cllr Ray Theodoulou, a CDC Ward Member for Fairford who is also Cabinet Member of Finance and Change at the County Council, said: “This is a marvellous decision because it will safeguard the town from the threat of flooding again. We realise that it took more time than we would have liked for the funding proposals to come together – including the County’s pledge of over £156,000 -but I am sure that everyone now feels that it was well worth the wait.”

Cllr David Fowles, CDC Cabinet lead for the Environment, welcomed the Fairford news as a vital step in the improvement of flood defences across settlements in the Cotswolds: “The residents of Fairford have waited a long time for the necessary funding to come together and I am very pleased that, thanks to the modelling work and extensive studies that have been conducted by the Environment Agency, and the effort that has been put in by the three Councils - working with the EA and the local community - this scheme will now be delivered.”

He continued: “This whole district was hit very hard by the flooding in 2007 and we are working towards a big improvement on the ground once various remedial actions take effect. We understand the frustration in some communities that flood alleviation schemes take so long to become a reality, but it is essential that the cause and effect of flooding is carefully assessed via computer modelling, verification and other processes before we can apply for funding and then put the right solutions in place to provide long-term benefits. Significant progress is being made in several settlements – for example, the installation of a pipeline at Moreton to divert the Stow Brook has been agreed in principle and is set to go ahead subject to funding. Funding has also recently been secured for flood alleviation in Naunton with protection measures due to be fitted to seven flood-affected homes, and plans are progressing for improvements in Lechlade too. A number of solutions have also now been agreed with the community in Chipping Campden and Weston sub Edge.”

Posted : 06/03/2012 16:33:39

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