£212k investment announced for Gloucester flood defence work

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By Bodger21 | Thursday, February 07, 2013, 19:43

Gloucestershire County Council has confirmed how it will be spending more than £1m of efficiency savings in flood defence works across the county.

The council had a pot of £1.086m available for flood alleviation, and asked the six district councils to bid for funding for works in their areas. 

All six came back with a list of projects, and the county council was able to give them nearly all the funding requested.

The districts themselves are also investing in the schemes which, in some cases, have been topped up with cash from the parish or town council or Environment Agency, taking the total investment in flood alleviation across the county to nearly £2.25m.

Of that pot, the county council has pledged a total of £212k towards schemes in Gloucester. These include:

· Barnwood Park balancing pond improvements, with an investment of £20k from the county council.

· Works on the River Twyver at Abbeydale to improve flow and prevent blockages, with a contribution of £10k from the county council.

· Desilting the section of the Blackditch at Hempsted under the canal and a section of downstream channel, with an investment of £10k from the county council.

· Investigation, clearance and repair to a damaged drain/culvert running adjacent to the road under the pavement in Bristol Road, Quedgeley, with a £15k investment from the county council.Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "This work is great news for the people of Gloucestershire. This investment in protecting our infrastructure from the flood risk has been made possible thanks to back-office savings. 

"There are schemes right across the county which will reduce the flood risk further in those areas."

Work has already started on some of the schemes across Gloucestershire, with others expected to start within the next few months.

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