CDC secures extra £100k to complete flood defence work in Moreton

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CDC secures extra £100k to complete flood defence work in Moreton

Cotswold District Council is making very good progress on building better flood defences in the district, and received a significant boost last week when it secured a £100,000 contribution from the Environment Agency to supplement the £200,000 which has already been committed – by CDC, Gloucestershire County Council and other partners - to a defence culvert project in Moreton-in-Marsh. The £300,000 project, which was initiated in response to the 2007 floods in the town, is key to alleviating flood risk in the area, and it is estimated that 200 homes will benefit from better flood protection when it is completed. This follows on from a major partnership-funded project which involved the successful installation of a new trash screen in Moreton, preventing the blockage of culverts on the stream which flows through the town’s Queen Victoria Gardens.

Commenting on the new funding for Moreton, CDC Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said:
“This extra cash boost is largely due to our Principal Engineer who has worked very hard to secure this money from the Environment Agency. This additional £100,000 government funding for the Moreton project - together with £100,000 which CDC has set aside to address recent flooding problems at the end of 2012, and a previous pledge of £250,000 from Gloucestershire County Council for flooding relief projects across the whole district - bodes well for the future. I am sure that every resident will welcome this news.”

For the record, building further on the flood alleviation schemes already completed since 2007, the following flood defence projects are currently underway in the district:

Chipping Campden – a partnership scheme involving highway and land drainage improvements, creation of an earth bund and installation of a culvert through to act as a flow control – should be completed in March 2013.

Weston sub Edge – a partnership scheme involving creation of a ford at Saintbury brook with major work being the installation of extended flood relief pipeline from Church Street to the Combe brook downstream from the village. Completion is due in March 2013.

Works are also planned in the following locations:
Lower Slaughter
South Cerney

Posted : 15/02/2013 12:12:03

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