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Gloucester's flood protection is 'the envy of the county' - but more needs to be done

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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Sandhurst Lane in November 2012

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LEARNING the lessons from winter flooding will mean fresh bids for extra cash to support Gloucester communities hit by a torrent of water.

Gloucester City Council has lavished praise on millions of pounds worth of flood prevention measures since the floods of 2007.

But more can be done – and they are bidding for extra cash to help eight areas that still need extra protection, including Sandhurst Lane.

In a report to councillors, Lloyd Griffiths, environmental services manager, said: “Over the last two years we have seen an increasing number of situations where both our resources and physical flood protection schemes have been tested.”

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He added that the city’s flood prevention was now ‘the envy of the county’ but warned that the council cannot rest on its laurels.

Mr Griffiths said: “Given Gloucester’s location on the edge of the River Severn, the changing nature of British weather, the increasing development of the city and the forecast of several high tides over the next couple of years. we must continue working to deliver flood protection schemes.”

Other areas that are to become priorities include Upper Rea, Alney Island, Tewkesbury Road, Deans Walk, Walham Lane, Sudmeadow Road and Hemmingsdale Road. It is not clear how much money will be needed in total to be able to fund all of the works.

Councillor Saj Patel, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are keen to learn lessons from recent events and we are looking at vulnerable areas. We have a view to deliver further flood protection.”

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  • North Glos EPC  |  April 11 2014, 9:34AM

    Here's a thought. If you are not stupid enough to put new development in flood prone areas (like the now approved JCS plan intends) you don't have to spend millions in flood protection schemes. Just think how much alternative good use that money could be put to?

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