Bethan Evans, Reporter
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
‘SUPER’ ponds will be created across North Somerset to reduce flood risk during development of new homes and businesses.
The new developments are being built on the former Weston airfield, at Locking Parklands and adjacent land. In order to manage the flood risk, North Somerset Council aims to create two areas of what it calls ‘super’ ponds.
The flood space will also be created on land to the immediate south of the former airfield and on land to the north of the river Banwell at St Georges.
These will contain areas of open water, as well as grassy areas which will flood. The works will also offer new footpaths, a bridleway, new hedges and trees and habitat improvements to attract birds and other wildlife.
The authority and Environment Agency carried out a consultation in March with the community and following work by engineers draft designs for the flood defences have now been produced.
A public meeting will be held from 2-7pm at The Campus, in Highlands Lane, Weston, on Wednesday for people to see the plans, find out more and give their views.
The public’s comments will be considered in the finalisation of the design, before being submitted as a planning application.
For more information visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/floodrisk