FLOOD DE­FENCE £85k ap­proved for Llangefni pre­ven­tion wall

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COUN­CIL chiefs have ap­proved trans­fer­ring £85,000 of cap­i­tal fund­ing to cover the costs of a flood pre­ven­tion wall af­ter An­gle­sey’s county town was hit by se­vere flood­ing al­most 12 months ago.

Parts of Llangefni were sub­merged un­der sev­eral feet of wa­ter in Novem­ber 2017 when the River Cefni burst its banks, caus­ing dev­as­ta­tion to sev­eral busi­nesses.

Six res­i­den­tial and 27 com­mer­cial prop­er­ties were in­ter­nally flooded, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pre­sented to An­gle­sey Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive.

In a bid to stop it hap­pen­ing again, de­ci­sion makers ap­proved the £85,000 bid to cover the costs faced by the high­ways, waste and prop­erty ser­vice to build the wall at the rear of Glandwr in Llangefni.

Port­fo­lio holder Cllr Bob Parry said: “Be­cause of NRW’s time­line, it was de­cided to re­build a wall to the rear of Glandwr.

“The wall has now been fin­ished and what we’re ask­ing to­day is for £85,000 of cap­i­tal bud­get to meet the cost of build­ing this wall.

“It was con­sid­ered that up­dat­ing parts of the wall would help re­duce fu­ture flood­ing across Church Street, as there was a strong com­mu­nity call for ac­tion to be taken be­fore the win­ter draws in.”

Glandwr Bak­ery has not re­opened since the floods af­ter it suf­fered sub­stan­tial dam­age, with the wa­ter up to six feet deep, smash­ing a win­dow at the rear of the build­ing and car­ry­ing a full oil tank sev­eral feet.

Of­fi­cer Marc Jones con­firmed there was enough cap­i­tal fund­ing left to al­low the trans­fer to take place. The re­port noted: “The al­ter­na­tive to con­struct­ing the wall in Llangefni would be to wait for NRW to com­plete the flood mod­el­ling work with the risk of prop­er­ties and busi­nesses in the town cen­tre suf­fer­ing from flood­ing again in the in­terim.

“Due to the dam­age caused by the 22/11/17 flood, some res­i­dents are still af­fected and some busi­nesses have not re­opened. It was con­sid­ered that de­lay­ing the work would risk fur­ther flood­ing and rep­u­ta­tional dam­age to the au­thor­ity.”

Pic­ture: STEPHEN HEATON

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