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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Project to address Ulverston flooding back on agenda

A SCHEME to address serious flooding in Ulverston is back on the agenda thanks to a £1.5m grant.

A planned project to install defence walls along Town Beck was delayed last July when Environment Agency experts found a system of underground culverts forming part of Town Beck were in need of repair.

Extra funding was required to carry out the additional work before it could get under way.

But site investigations are now set to restart following news of the award of cash last week.

An EA spokesman told the Evening Mail new plans would have to be drawn up in the coming months following the latest findings on the work required.

The spokesman said: “They will then have to go for approval before work on the scheme can start and we estimate this will not be before the summer.

“The good news is that this money has been allocated to the town within the 2014/15 budget so some of it will go towards completing the project work.”

Councillor Mark Wilson, chairman of the recently formed Ulverston Resilience Group, said he welcomed the secured funding for the town.

He said: “A lot of people have worked hard and campaigned to get action for Ulverston’s flooding issues and we hope now that we are on the road towards a good outcome.

“We await with interest to see what form the detailed plans will actually take to ensure that the river will enjoy its course to the sea, taking all the silt with it.”

The money for flood defence work in Ulverston is part of a wider pot for the North West totalling nearly £69m. Of this, £3.1m will be spent on a series of flood alleviation projects across Cumbria, including £35,000 for continued drainage of the Lyth Valley.

Have your say

A planned project to install defence walls along Town Beck is excellent news.

But let us not forget, all the water from Town beck, overflow from Pennington reservoir, drainage and overflow from Rosside Tarn plus all the surrounding land ends up at one place, SOUTH ULVERSTON.

If the water course from Fitz Bridge to carter pool is not cleaned out, I mean a substantial operation, NOT a cosmetic venture, to please the media.

With more Houses on the horizon we MUST put measures in place to prevent flood in the future, not just for Ulverston Town but also the surrounding areas.
Andrew Butcher

Posted by Andrew Butcher on 12 February 2014 at 19:51

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