Victory for residents as flood prevention compound plans cancelled

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 January 2015

Residents of Powis Close, Worle celebrating news that  plans being pulled, on piece of land at bottom of Powis Close.

Residents of Powis Close, Worle celebrating news that plans being pulled, on piece of land at bottom of Powis Close.

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RESIDENTS are celebrating a 'victory for common sense' after plans to build a large construction compound near a Worle cul-de-sac were withdrawn.

More than 30 objections were logged against Wessex Water’s plans for a construction compound at the bottom of Powis Close to help with flood prevention work at Spring Hill.

The plans would have seen the grass taken off the land and replaced with stones, while a temporary office, canteen, toilets, a generator and a store room would have run for nine months from February.

However, residents discovered there is a covenant affecting the use of the land which Wessex Water was unaware of, and plans have now been withdrawn.

Ward councillor Roz Willis said: “I’m delighted it has been withdrawn. Everybody cheered when we told them and I cheered at my desk when I found out.

“I have to say thank you to the residents for bringing up the facts about the covenant, which has helped us greatly.”

Thelma Pound, who lives in Powis Close, said: “Obviously this very quiet, residential area was not a suitable place for the compound so I am delighted Wessex Water is now looking for another site.”

Leigh Williams, who also lives near the proposed site, said: “I come over here to take the dog out several times a week and I also cycle here. It’s seriously a great victory for common sense, it’s nice to know the little people can be heard sometimes.

“I appreciate the work has to be done, but it doesn’t have to be done to affect the people here.”

Wessex Water is now seeking a new location for the compound, which will help it carry out ‘essential’ flood prevention work along Upper Bristol Road, Spring Hill and Baytree Road.

The work is due to begin on Monday, with the aim to finish in October, but the compound rethink means the completion is likely to be delayed.

Project manager Andrew Palmer said: “Trying to find a suitable location which meets fully our requirements for a temporary site compound, in what is a built-up area, is extremely difficult.

“While we have not yet been able to secure the use of an alternative compound location, we will revisit all options in order to carry out the essential work. It is vital that we carry out work to alleviate flooding risk in the area.”

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