Flood protection scheme set to get under way

Work is due to start next week on a major £1.4m scheme which will protect a North Somerset area from future flooding.

Improvements will be made to Summer Lane ponds and surrounding ditches during a 13-week scheme, which starts on Monday 23 March.

The upgrade aims to protect 85 homes and businesses at significant risk from flooding during periods of heavy rainfall. The works, which will be completed by North Somerset Council contractor Skanska, will provide properties in the area with a protection level of a ‘once in two hundred years’ flood event.

The project includes building a new water storage area and joining ditches near the paths either side of the zebra crossing on Bransby Way, to help water flow away safely underneath Somerset Avenue. To connect these ditches the road will close in May to allow the installation of a new pipe.

While the road is closed North Somerset Council will also replace damaged kerbs and make improvements for buses at the junction with Shrewsbury Bow and Bransby Way.

Cllr Bridget Petty, North Somerset Council’s executive member for climate emergency and environment, said: “This is a major scheme that will significantly reduce the risk of flooding in this area of Locking Castle.

“We have been working hard to address problems in areas with known flood risk and have completed many schemes across North Somerset in the past few years.

“By taking advantage of the road closure needed for this scheme to do other improvement works at the same time we are able to minimise disruption as much as possible.

“This scheme is also a great example of collaborative working, with funding coming from the Environment Agency, the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, North Somerset Council and Wessex Water.”

Full details of the closure will be available at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks once finalised by engineers, which is expected to be in early April.

Current project plans may change in response to the developing coronavirus situation. North Somerset Council will follow Government advice to make sure residents, staff and contractors are kept as safe as possible.