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Geoffrey Settle
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WESTY FLOOD DEFENCE PLANS REVEALED

This has probably been on WWW but as a refresher here is a consultation to attend if you want to know more..... It will take place Thursday 18th August 3pm - 8pm at St Margret's Community Centre.

 

Plans to protect homes in Westy, Warrington, from the threat of river flooding will be unveiled to local residents this month.

 

Water company United Utilities, in partnership with the Environment Agency and Warrington Borough Council, is proposing to build a flood embankment which will help to lower the risk of flooding from the River Mersey for hundreds of homes in the Westy area.

 

The plans will be displayed at a public exhibition at St Margaret's Community Centre, Lindley Avenue Warrington, on Thursday August 18, 3pm - 8pm.

 

The propsed flood embankment would stretch for just under 1000 metres, starting at Kingsway Bridge and running north along the river, before crossing overland to skirt the northern perimeter of Cardinal Newman RC High School. It would then follow the route of the Mersey Walk to the east.

 

The proposed scheme, which is subject to planning approval, would provide vital flood defence for existing homes, the school and new housing which is planned for the site of the current school playing field close to Bridgewater Avenue.

 

The scheme is part of a wider Environment Agency flood defence scheme for those at risk of flooding from the River Mersey in Warrington.

 

The plans have been developed in response to a history of river flooding in Warrington, dating back as far as 1767. In February, 1990, the River Mersey famously topped its banks, flooding Knutsford Road and properties in Westy, Latchford, Howley, Arpley Bridge and Lower Walton. There was also a further serious river flooding incident in 2000.

 

Trevor Hosking, from United Utilities' property services said: "This proposed flood embankment stands to bring peace of mind to families in Westy living close to the River Mersey. Our plans would see the creation of a grassed embankment, blended as sensitively as possible into the existing landscape. Access will also be maintained to existing riverside footpaths.

 

"The embankment is one piece of a bigger jigsaw to protect homes in Warrington from flooding. We are very pleased that we have an opportunity to play a part in this major project."

 

Dermot Smith, Environment Agency Project Executive said: "This proposed flood embankment at Westy is a great example of how the public and private sector can work together to reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses.

 

"Even with the new improved flood defences in place, there will always be a risk that flooding can occur. The Environment Agency's website and our Floodline (0845 988 1188) have more information on how to prepare your home or business."

 

United Utilities is supporting the flood embankment project as it has a disused wastewater treatment works in the area. The site of the works is set to be turned into new sports pitches, and handed over to Warrington Borough Council, who manage the playing fields on behalf of Cardinal Newman RC High School. In return, United Utilities is set to inherit the school's existing playing field, which benefits for planning permission for new housing, and will be sold on to developers. The embankment would provide vital flood defence for existing homes, as well as any new housing on the development site.

 

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Sounds like a good idea to me Cleopatra. Do they ever dredge the River Mersey these days and if not when and why did they stop ?

 

Saying that if it's been flooding Warrington since 1767 then questions should be asked as to why it has taken them so long to do anything about it :wink::lol:

 

It will undoubtably open the floodgates (sorry for the pun) for even more new housing developments too by the sounds of it :(

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Saying that if it's been flooding Warrington since 1767 then questions should be asked as to why it has taken them so long to do anything about it :wink::lol:

 

 

 

Probably because the natives started getting restless when the Insurance companies decided to double insurance because WA4 is a flood plain. :roll:

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