28th Oct, 2020

Two flood mitigation schemes approved for part of Solihull

Ross Crawford 16th Oct, 2020

TWO flood mitigation schemes for the borough have been given the green light by Solihull Council.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for environment and highways gave the go-ahead to the projects which could help the residents of 74 properties in Colebrook Road and Nethercote Gardens (Shirley West Ward) and New Road and Park Avenue (St Alphege Ward).

In each area, affected residents will be offered the opportunity to introduce ‘property level resilience’ and resistance measures, both essentially practical solutions to make their homes safer and more flood resistant.

Coun Hawkins said: “It’s great that we are in a position, subject to final technical approval, to help residents by offering them practical support to make their homes safer.

“We will continue to submit funding bids to include other areas and to identify properties that could benefit from similar flood mitigation measures.”

The schemes are subject to final technical approval from the Environment Agency and once this has been given those residents who are part of the scheme will be contacted and asked to complete an online questionnaire to understand their requirements and to arrange individual property surveys.

Flood risk specialists, appointed by the Council, will also be contacting these residents directly to undertake the surveys in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.

The Council will continue to look at securing further funding so more schemes can be rolled out to other areas that are at risk of flooding.

For more information about the schemes email the Council’s drainage and flood risk management team at drainage@solihull.gov.uk.

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