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Extra flood defences planned

PUBLISHED: 13:05 05 August 2017

The Glebe in Wrington was badly flooded on November 23, 2012. Photo sent into weston.iwitness24.co.uk by Marc Bass

The Glebe in Wrington was badly flooded on November 23, 2012. Photo sent into weston.iwitness24.co.uk by Marc Bass

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A new flood defence scheme in Wrington has won planning permission.

North Somerset Council wants to build a flood storage embankment, north of Rydings Farm off Silver Street.

Areas of Wrington, such as The Glebe, have suffered flooding all too regularly in recent years, and £750,000 has been sourced to bring about long-term improvements.

The flood storage embankment is the latest project designed to reduce the prospect of flooding in Wrington. Although it means building work on greenbelt land, North Somerset believes the community need for extra defence is more pressing.

The Environment Agency has supported the scheme, but has reminded the council it needs to continue clearing rhynes.

It said: “A residual flood risk may remain to this location should blockage of the flood defence culverts occur.

“It is therefore essential the council regularly inspects these culverts for blockages and in particular when heavy rainfall warnings are issued by the Met Office or Flood Forecasting Centre.”

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