Out­line fix for flood risk streets

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE - By Joshua Smith

IN­VES­TI­GA­TIONS into flood pre­ven­tion schemes have taken place in three streets in Rush­moor ahead of their dis­cus­sion at a bor­ough coun­cil meet­ing next week.

Clare Mills, flood and wa­ter man­ager at Hamp­shire County Coun­cil, the lead lo­cal flood au­thor­ity ( LLFA), will ad­vise the en­vi­ron­ment pol­icy and re­view panel on flood work be­ing car­ried out in Rush­moor and fu­ture plans when the group meets on Tues­day at 7pm.

The county coun­cil has a duty to in­ves­ti­gate sig­nif­i­cant flood events to the ex­tent that the LLFA deem ap­pro­pri­ate. These are for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tions un­der the Flood and Wa­ter Man­age­ment Act 2010 – none took place in the last year although the au­thor­ity said seven flood­ing in­ci­dents in the bor­ough were re­ported.

The re­port, to be pre­sented to the panel, states: “Hamp­shire County Coun­cil is work­ing with the bor­ough coun­cil and other part­ners to de­velop the un­der­stand­ing of past flood events and po­ten­tially de­velop so­lu­tions to re­duce flood risk at a num­ber of lo­ca­tions.

“In March 2015 De­fra in­dica­tively al­lo­cated fund­ing from cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s Flood and Coastal Ero­sion Risk Man­age­ment ( FCERM) pro­gramme, in the pe­riod up to 2021, for the fol­low­ing three schemes: Mid­dle­ton Gar­dens Sycamore Road Rec­tory Road “Two other schemes, Fleet Road at Cove and Church Lane East in Alder­shot, have been in­cluded in the un­funded ‘ pipe­line’ FCERM pro­gramme for 2021/ 22 on­wards. All fund­ing al­lo­ca­tions in the pro­gramme re­main un­se­cured pend­ing agreement of a full busi­ness case for any pro­posed scheme.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tions in Rec­tory Road took the form of a ques­tion­naire, which was dis­trib­uted to 59 res­i­dents and re­ceived 21 re­sponses.

Although the study fo­cused on re­duc­ing the flood­ing risk to prop­er­ties in Rec­tory Road, the re­cre­ation ground, rail­way bridge, Scot­tish and South­ern Elec­tric­ity sub­sta­tion, and Thames Wa­ter and Net­work Rail as­sets have all been in­cluded within the area un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

The study, in­clud­ing flood mod­el­ling, iden­ti­fied a po­ten­tial scheme to re­duce the risk of flood­ing from sur­face wa­ter run- off from the re­cre­ation ground, Rec­tory Road and rail­way bridge, which are all in­ter­linked.

The scheme in­cludes a bund to the rear of prop­er­ties back­ing on to Rec­tory Road Re­cre­ation Ground, which are most at risk, and im­prov­ing cul­verts be­tween Rec­tory Road and the rail­way line.

The county coun­cil has been work­ing with Thames Wa­ter in Sycamore Road to as­sess the ex­tent to which the re­cently im­ple­mented Stor­age Shaft Flood Al­le­vi­a­tion Scheme has been ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing the risk of flood­ing from the com­bi­na­tion of sur­face wa­ter flows and sur­charg­ing of the foul sewer seen in pre­vi­ous years.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­taken in Mid­dle­ton Gar­dens to try and iden­tify a vi­able and cost ben­e­fi­cial so­lu­tion to re­duce flood risk for Cove Sec­ondary School and ad­ja­cent prop­er­ties, but con­cluded there were no phys­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions that met those cri­te­ria.

Turn to page eight for more on flood pre­ven­tion in Alder­shot. STAFF at Sains­bury’s Farn­bor­ough de­cided to en­joy a ‘ pam­per day’ to raise money for peo­ple af­fected by ana­phy­laxis and se­vere al­ler­gies.

More than £ 100 was raised for the store’s char­ity of the year, The Ana­phy­laxis Cam­paign, as staff Shaun Har­vey and Ryan Donoghue vol­un­teered to have their legs and ch­ests waxed.

Ali­son King, Sains­bury’s PR am­bas­sador for the store, said: “Rupi, from Cos­mopoli­tan Bou­tique, ar­rived and the two brave men took it in turn to have their legs and chest waxed in front of staff and cus­tomers at the front of the store. It’s great that staff are get­ting in­volved to help raise money for our char­ity of the year.”

Paul Burgman. AN170067

Sains­bury’s worker Shaun Har­vey has his legs and chest waxed by Rupi Nan­dra in the store’s Farn­bor­ough branch.

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