Drop in and find out about £46m flood de­fence scheme

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO pub­lic ‘drop-in ses­sions’ are to be held to dis­cuss a mas­sive flood de­fence scheme in Rochdale and Lit­tle­bor­ough.

As the Ob­server re­ported in July work on the £46m project to pro­tect hun­dreds of homes and busi­nesses is due to be­gin next sum­mer.

It’s hoped it will help pre­vent a re­peat of the dev­as­ta­tion caused in the town dur­ing the 2015 Boxing Day floods.

The first ses­sion will take place on Tues­day at Hare Hill House, Lit­tle­bor­ough from 3pm to 7pm.

It will pro­vide an over­view of work con­ducted so far and mem­bers of the project team will be on hand to share in­for­ma­tion.

A sec­ond ses­sion will be held on Mon­day, September 24, at Num­ber One River­side from 3pm to 7pm.

The scheme will see a series of huge stor­age reser­voirs built along the River Roch and its trib­u­taries from Lit­tle­bor­ough to the town cen­tre. Raised walls and im­prove­ments to cul­verts and bridges, are also planned for Green Vale Brook, Town House Brook, Ealees Brook, Buck­ley Brook and Hey Brook.

A to­tal of 1,000 homes and 200 busi­nesses will be pro­tected by the scheme.

It’s also hoped it will pre­vent flood dam­age to the Metrolink, the bus in­ter­change, col­leges, an elec­tric­ity sub­sta­tion and waste wa­ter treat­ment works, which were all se­verely affected in 2015.

Some 324 homes and busi­nesses in Rochdale and Lit­tle­bor­ough were se­verely dam­aged and 18,000 prop­er­ties were left with­out power as record river lev­els saw the Roch burst its banks in sev­eral places dur­ing the 2015 flood. Rochdale town cen­tre was also flooded for the first time in recorded his­tory.

Nick Pear­son, from the En­vi­ron­ment Agency said, “Since the Boxing Day floods in 2015 the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and Rochdale coun­cil have been ex­plor­ing ways to bet­ter pro­tect the area in the fu­ture. This has in­cluded ex­ten­sive ap­praisal work to iden­tify the best ways of in­vest­ing both gov­ern­ment and part­ner fund­ing in im­proved flood de­fences.

“We are now pleased to be in a po­si­tion to share the lat­est de­vel­op­ments for man­ag­ing fu­ture flood risk in Lit­tle­bor­ough and Rochdale with the com­mu­nity. Ini­tial de­sign pro­pos­als for the Rochdale and Lit­tle­bor­ough flood risk man­age­ment scheme have been de­vel­oped and will be on dis­play dur­ing the com­mu­nity drop-in events. This will show res­i­dents the work that is pro­posed for the scheme in­clud­ing, rais­ing de­fences at key lo­ca­tions along the river’s edge, flood stor­age and us­ing nat­u­ral flood risk man­age­ment tech­niques to boost lo­cal re­gen­er­a­tion.

“The up­com­ing drop-in ses­sions are a great op­por­tu­nity for us to share all the de­vel­op­ment op­tions with lo­cal res­i­dents. We would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to come along to learn more about our on­go­ing work, to con­trib­ute to the de­signs by shar­ing their views and thoughts on the plans and to see how they can con­tinue to be in­volved as project de­vel­ops.”

●●Tod­mor­den Road in Lit­tle­bor­ough was badly hit by the Boxing Day floods in 2015

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