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Flood defence scheme planned for Locking Castle after heavy rain closed schools and roads

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 April 2017

Avon Fire and Rescue at Summer Lane in November 2016 (Picture: Lester Solway)

Avon Fire and Rescue at Summer Lane in November 2016 (Picture: Lester Solway)

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A scheme to reduce the chances of flooding in Locking Castle may go ahead if funding can be secured.

North Somerset and Weston-super-Mare were hit by widespread flooding in November 2016, with Summer Lane, in Locking Castle, among the worst affected areas.

Around 4,000 litres of water were pumped out of the area around the Summer Lane pond every minute to protect homes from flood damage, and roads and schools were closed.

North Somerset Council has since conducted a study to see if there are any ways it can reduce the risk of flooding there.

It has applied for funding from the Environment Agency and Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee for £671,000, which it will match with £122,000 of money given to the authority by developers.

A more detailed project will be created if the bid is successful.

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