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After six years the floods are beaten
Coun David Renard pictured in November by the flood alleviation work along the brook in Chatsworth Road.
RESIDENTS in Haydon Wick should now be able to rest assured the next time the heavy rains arrive.
A flood alleviation project is in its final stages and will be formally opened next month.
It is the culmination of a project which first started following heavy downpours in 2007 and also included work done by Thames Water.
The Environment Agency are currently in the process of leaving the site and putting the final touches to the project.
It has cost in the region of £5 million, of which £500,000 was provided by the council.
The work has included the installation of 4km of flood defences, the rebuilding of five footbridges and improvement to the local path network.
“I’m absolutely delighted to see the work finally completed,” said Coun David Renard (Con, Haydon Wick), who first pushed for the work to be done along with fellow ward councillor, the late Rex Barnett.
“This was something I started work on with Rex a number of years ago. It’s just a shame he isn’t here to see it.
“Nothing is 100 per cent guaranteed but if we experience rain again like we did in 2007 then people will be able to sleep a lot easier.”
The scheme, on the Haydon Brook, is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 100 homes, four businesses and an electricity sub-station.
It was decided to build the alleviation following the 2007 rains in which more than 50 properties were flooded and it has been designed to cope with a one in a hundred downpour.
Coun Renard said: “We have invested a lot in the area but I think this is one of the most expensive projects in Haydon Wick and I am very pleased to finally see it come into fruition.
“Not only have the flood defences been improved but a lot of work has been done to improve the surrounding area so there will now be a lovely walk for people.
“Like the public I have not seen beyond the barriers but what I have seen is very similar to the artists impression we were shown at the beginning.
A formal opening on the flood alleviation work will take place on November 1.
The event will start at 3pm and run until 6pm. It will start at the Manor Farm pub with a few short presentations, followed by the official opening on-site at Lady Lane Bridge.
There will then be a tour of the site but a place on this needs to be pre-booked. For more information of to get a place on the tour email Haydon.WickFAS@environment-agency.gov.uk
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