£190k of county council money to be spent on flood improvement works in Cheltenham
INJECTING £190,000 into improving defences in two flood-prone parts of Cheltenham will ensure some of its most at-risk homes are safe in years to come.
That's the view of community leaders in Charlton Kings and Whaddon which are set to benefit from flood alleviation funding from Gloucestershire County Council.
It comes as part of a £1 million investment scheme by the authority aimed at shoring up the county's flood defences.
Included in the work will be a new flood barrier and underground water storage area at Hearne Brook, in Charlton Kings, costing £319,000, of which £100,000 will come from the county council.
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In the summer of 2007, properties in the streets surrounding the brook, including Beeches Road, Maple Drive, Glynrosa Road and Buckles Close, were badly hit by overflowing water.
Julius Marstrand, who is a member of Charlton Kings parish council, said: "This project essentially means there will be a large underground area which will store the overflow water before releasing it gradually into the culvert. It will mean for residents living in the affected homes that they won't be so susceptible to flooding in the future."
As well as improvements at Hearne Brook, £374,000 (£90,000 from the county council) will be spent on making homes in at risk parts of Charlton Kings and Whaddon more resistant to surface water flooding.
Serena Marshall, assistant manager at the Whaddon, Lynworth and Prior's Neighbourhood Project, said: "It's very positive news if money is being invested into the area to make homes more secure. Residents who were affected by floods in 2007 will be very pleased."
The county council is set to invest £250,200 in works in the Cotswold district and £205,000 to schemes in Tewkesbury.
Councillor Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "This work is great news for the people of Gloucestershire."
The Environment Agency previously said it was difficult to build flood defences in Tewkesbury. A spokesman said: "Unfortunately, due to the nature of flooding, geography of the town and dispersed properties at risk, it is not economically viable to provide a comprehensive publicly-funded flood risk management scheme in Tewkesbury."