Flood defences to be improved in Derbyshire

5 September 2013

Flood defence improvements costing £95,000 could be carried out in Pinxton and Shirebrook if plans get the go ahead next week.


Our cabinet members will consider plans to reduce problems with flooding at a meeting on Tuesday (10 September) as well as a £15,000 study to look at ways of reducing flooding in Renishaw.

Councillor Dean Collins, deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport said:

"Extreme weather such as prolonged heavy rain is becoming more common and we are keen to make our economy, services and communities better prepared and more resilient so that people can get to work and companies can continue to do business.


"It's also important that people feel safe from flooding in their own homes and we hope these plans will provide a better defence in Pinxton, Renishaw and Shirebrook."

The plans are:

Pinxton

Alexander Terrace and York Terrace have suffered flooding for a number of years because of the nearby River Erewash overflowing and the sewers being unable to cope with excess water caused by heavy downpours.

But a property protection scheme costing up to £75,000 could start this month including non-return valves, air brick covers and water-tight front doors installed to prevent water entering.

The work would be funded by the council, Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, Bolsover District Council and Pinxton Parish Council.

Renishaw

In 2007 houses on Emmet Carr Lane and a number of houses on the A6135 Sheffield Road were flooded.

We are proposing to carry out a flood mitigation study costing £15,000 to look at potential solutions, how they might be funded and how local organisations can work together to put measures in place for a partnership approach to future work.

This work is being funded by a grant from the Environment Agency.

Shirebrook

Residents of Thickley Bank have had the access road to their houses regularly flooded for a number of years.

Work to build a new drain and soakaway has already started to allow Shirebrook Town Council to improve a private access road.

Work is estimated to cost £20,000 with the cost split between the county council and the Environment Agency.

A more extensive programme of flood improvements across Derbyshire is expected to be considered by Cabinet later this year setting out plans for £1.6 million of work, including £353,000 from the council, district councils and other partner agencies.

This plan will help to reduce the risk of flooding at 273 houses.

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