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Investment in flood defences

Words: Laura Edgar

A £56 million investment is planned to improve Sheffield’s flood defences. 

Sheffield City Council is determined to improve the city’s defences against the effects of flooding by securing vital flood and drainage infrastructure. It has registered six flood alleviation schemes at a total cost of £56 million, to receive government funding over the next few years.

These will reduce the risk of flooding for about 6,000 homes and 2,000 businesses and support the building of new homes in the city.

A £19 million project in the Lower Don Valley is already underway while officials are now putting together business plans to support submissions to the Environment Agency to secure government funding.

The proposed schemes are: a £12 million flood alleviation programme on the River Sheaf; a £12 million scheme in the Upper Don that includes rivers Loxley and Rivelin; an £8 million culvert renewal programme; a £3 million environmental scheme to manage surface water from planned developments on the Manor and Arbourthorne estates; and a £2 million flood alleviation programme on the upper Blackburn Brook, which would benefit the houses in Chapeltown and Ecclesfield.

It is proposed that the £37 million for the five schemes would come from a £23 million government grant and the remainder from partnership funding.

It is hoped that the funding will contribute to the regeneration of Sheffield’s waterways as well as flood protection.

Sheffield City Council has expressed its determination to ensure that the city never again experiences flooding on the scale of June 2007.

Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “Studies have predicted that over the next 50 years around 6,000 households and 2,000 businesses in our city will be at risk of flooding, due to climate change. This potential impact could come at an economic cost of £1 billion to Sheffield – as well as proving catastrophic for residents.

“Earlier this year, we were invited by the government to submit preliminary investment requirements for inclusion in the national Flood Risk Management Grant in Aid programme for 2015 to 2021.

“We have now registered this list of six schemes to be included in that programme, and will be pressing ahead with these plans – together costing some £56 million – to do our very best to prevent Sheffield from flooding - now and into the future."


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