Flood work to cost council extra £1m

PUBLISHED: 12:01 11 June 2015

Flood work at Banwell will cost the council an extra £1million than it had planned.

Flood work at Banwell will cost the council an extra £1million than it had planned.

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THE cost of part of an ‘essential’ flood scheme has almost doubled – meaning North Somerset Council will have to fork out £1million more than it had originally planned.

Flood prevention work around the River Banwell is required as part of the authority’s £7.5million strategic flood solution scheme and was calculated to cost the council £1.2million.

The authority bought a piece of land east of River Banwell for the project last year and its plan involves removing the field’s surface soil to create a drainage ditch.

But the work at Banwell was subject to planning consent and amendments meant the scheme needed to be re-priced, leading to the cost increasing to £2.2million.

The council hopes to get the money back through section 106 agreements with developers but first it must foot the bill and an urgent decision has been made to approve the additional spending.

The authority’s executive member for asset management David Pasley said: “There is a significant housing development scheme in the area that we are talking about and one of the things we have got to do in planning is to look at the flood risks.

“It is quite a lot of work but it is absolutely essential.

“I think we have an obligation and a duty to protect the public. It’s not just the new houses, it’s all the other existing properties further down.”

The new quotation has been scrutinised to ensure it still offers ‘value for money’.

The council’s decision notice says: “Delivery of this scheme is essential in unlocking land at Weston Villages and Parklands to enable developments at these sites.

“Construction of the strategic flood solution scheme is a pre-requisite to delivering infrastructure, development and new jobs associated with Parklands.

“Delay to this work could therefore have a significant bearing on the council’s priorities, investment and rate of development in these areas.

“The re-priced work stream has been subject to scrutiny by QS services to ensure it still represents value for money.”

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