Construction set to begin on Fairford flood alleviation scheme

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Construction set to begin on Fairford flood alleviation scheme

Work is scheduled to begin very soon on a £600,000+ scheme which will provide Fairford with excellent protection from flooding in future years.

From 10 June, workers will be on site in the town to carry out a range of improvements, starting with the construction of a defensive bund on Milton Street. This is one of a number of embankments and low level walls which have been designed to contain floodwaters.

Welcoming the news, Cllr David Fowles, Cotswold District Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:
“This is a great moment for residents of the town and surrounding areas, and follows extensive efforts by the Environment Agency, Gloucestershire County Council, Fairford Town Council and CDC to source the funds required. It was necessary to carry out a lot of computer modelling and consultation prior to agreeing the final scheme, since projects of this size require a lot of preparatory work to justify the expenditure and then decide on the best solutions for long-term benefit. I would like to thank everyone for their patience when a lot of this preparatory activity was going on quietly behind the scenes. Now that the diggers are arriving and the work on the ground is starting, progress will be much more visible, and I look forward to seeing effective flood defences in the town in the very near future.”

He continued:
“Although this whole district was hit very hard by the flooding in 2007, I am pleased to say that we are now in a better position to withstand the effects of a similar deluge across many parts of the district. Aside from this good news about Fairford, flood alleviation schemes have already been completed at Chipping Campden and Lower Slaughter, and a project at Weston sub Edge should be finished next month. Other schemes, including those at Bledington, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach and Lechlade are also being progressed. Nevertheless, we cannot rest on our laurels – as evidenced by the recent flooding in Cirencester and South Cerney last winter – and we will continue to look for ways to protect settlements in the Cotswolds from the threat of flooding.”

Posted : 05/06/2013 09:23:51

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