Flood relief project complete
PUBLISHED: 11:04 29 August 2016
An enormous flood relief project to protect thousands of homes in Weston-super-Mare has been completed.
The project, which is the size of 80 Olympic swimming pools, will prevent flooding around the new developments at Locking Parklands and Haywood Village.
The developments will see up to 6,500 homes and 10,000 jobs created, so the strategic flood solution was put forward to ensure the developments were protected.
The solution has seen fields lowered along the River Banwell between St Georges and Wick St Lawrence, which will ensure the area is dry at all times.
North Somerset Council, the Environment Agency, the Internal Drainage Board and prospective developers have all been involved in the flood prevention works.
The project was funded through the West of England Revolving Infrastructure Fund, but developers will pay back the cost in the future.
A council spokesman said: “In addition to preventing flooding, the scheme has provided other benefits for the local communities by creating a number of new paths.
“The area boasts excellent views of the river and provides a place to relax and enjoy the scenery. The hedges, ditches and wetlands that form part of the scheme will attract different types of wildlife, from birds to butterflies, hedgehogs and frogs.”