£1.3m flood alleviation scheme completed

11:06am - 23 February 2021

A major £1.3m scheme which will protect an area of Weston-super-Mare from future flooding has been completed.

Improvements to Summer Lane ponds and surrounding ditches in Locking Castle, Weston started in July and aim to protect 94 homes and businesses at risk from flooding during periods of heavy rainfall.

The works, which were completed by North Somerset Council contractors Skanska, will provide properties in the area with a protection level of a ‘once in two hundred years’ flood event.

The scheme involved raising the embankments around the wet (fishing) pond and existing, usually dry, overflow pond, and building new  embankments around a new, usually dry, additional overflow pond. All the ponds have been connected together with new large pipes.  The ditches between Plumley Park and the A370 have also been linked together by putting a new pipe under Bransby Way to allow water to flow under Somerset Avenue into the North Somerset Levels.

Cllr Bridget Petty, the council’s executive member for climate emergency and environment, said: "It's awful for anyone who suffers flooding. The council takes this very seriously and we're pleased to see the completion of this major scheme that will significantly reduce the risk of flooding in this area of Locking Castle.

“We have worked closely with our contractors Skanska to respond to current government guidelines and adapt our project plans in order to get the scheme completed.

“This scheme is 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.”

The paths through Plumley Park have now reopened with the embankment areas fenced off to allow the ground to recover and the grass seed to grow.

North Somerset Council would like to thank all residents for their patience during the completion of the complex scheme.