Latest plans for Selly Park flood defences

Steve McCabe met with the Environment Agency and other members of the Rea Catchment Partnership to discuss latest plans for a flood scheme in the Selly Park South area.


The Rea Catchment Partnership is a group that has been formed to explore funding opportunities to refuce flood risk and deliver environmental improvements across the River Rea.


Initial plans for the Selly Park South area see an investment of approximately £1.4 million in   a flood defence scheme that will reduce the risk of flooding to 270 residential properties on Cecil, Kitchener, Hobson and Fashoda Roads.


The option that is currently being considered involves the construction of an embankment that will prevent water from overtopping the left bank upstream of Dogpool Lane bridge and the creation of an area that will be able to store water during storm events in the green open space on the right bank upstream of Dogpool Lane bridge. It is important to note that the area designed to store water will only be utilised during exceptional weather conditions and will otherwise operate as it does now.


The scheme is currently in the planning stage and the partnership is consulting with local residents and carrying out ground tests. Once the plans are agreed the scheme would go into the design phase, following which building work would start.


Further flood schemes for the Avenues off Pershore Road and Sir John’s Road in Selly Park are at the initial stages and Steve hopes to hear more about plans for this area in the coming months.


Steve McCabe said:

“I am pleased to see plans from the Environment Agency and their partners for a flood defence scheme in Selly Park. Even though it has been a few years since we have seen severe flooding there is always a risk, having more robust flood defences will give many residents peace of mind. I look forward to hearing more about the plans.


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