Outline fix for flood risk streets
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.”
Sainsbury’s worker Shaun Harvey has his legs and chest waxed by Rupi Nandra in the store’s Farnborough branch.