News from Nottinghamshire County Council – 1st October 2019
As part of its wider £5m flood mitigation proposals, Nottinghamshire County Council and its partners are working hard in Southwell to make sure that homes which are most vulnerable to future flooding are as well-protected as possible.
Substantial progress has been made in developing detailed designs for five capital schemes in the town to help make the community more resilient to flooding. Delivery of numerous natural flood management schemes and the implementation of property level resilience measures have also commenced.
Initial drainage and natural flood management works have been undertaken along the Springfield Dumble with further drainage works programmed for Spring 2020. Highway “super gullies” are programmed to be installed this Autumn along a section of Hallam Road which will feed into the existing attenuation pond. There will be a need to close a section of Hallam Road in order to allow sufficient safe working space for the workforce to deliver this scheme. Local bus services will advise of their amended services and there will be a local diversion route signed for the duration of the closure.
Improvements to drainage along the Southwell Trail is progressing well. Works to improve the trails connection to the River Greet are programmed for this Autumn with the main trail works set to start in Winter.
The detailed design process for the Potwell Dyke attenuation off Church Street is ongoing with works expected to start Summer 2020. Investigations continue across Southwell to inform the design process looking at area wide drainage improvements.
Over summer a project to reduce surface water discharge from Lowes Wong School by installing sustainable urban drainage systems began. The project sets out to protect not only the Lowes Wong School, but also residents of the Ropewalk and neighbouring areas. Once complete pupils will be able to enjoy a new ‘water orchard’.
The programme of PFR installation is progressing well. On receipt of signed customer agreements from property owners we agree an installation date for the works with the resident. If you have received an agreement and are yet to return it please do so
The county council is also working with the Southwell Flood Forum, Trent Rivers Trust and the National Flood Forum and many other partners to install natural flood management (NFM) features on land upstream of Southwell to help improve the town’s overall flood defences.
This work, worth £230,000, is part funded through the county council and the European Regional Development Fund.