FLOOD prevention plans in Lydbrook have moved one step closer as council bosses consider improvement works at the Greathough Brook watercourse.
Residents heard at a special meeting last week how new plans could tackle the problem which left both homes and businesses in Upper Lydbrook badly flooded in November 2012.
Pub landlord Tony O’Leary found his pub, the Jovial Colliers Inn, under four feet of water, which forced it to shut. It was then that a review of what can be done was ordered by council bosses.
Forest of Dean District Council, together with Gloucester County Council, commissioned a report to identify works to the Greathough Brook watercourse.
A presentation of the findings was made at the Memorial Hall in Lydbrook last Thursday.
Representatives from the Forestry Commission, the Environment Agency and Gloucestershire Highways were among those in attendance.
District councillor Andrew Gardiner (Indp, Lydbrook and Ruardean) has spent 25 years tackling the issue.
Mr Gardiner said: “We must renew the pipe under the road. That needs to be our priority.
“There are some 11 dams in the Lydbrook area and these 19th century culverts are not designed to tackle a sudden rush of water.
“The drainage area is very extensive. It goes back two or three square miles. When the storm comes down the main drain there is an overflow system that goes behind the houses and sometimes under the houses. This can be disastrous and we are concerned about it.
“We desperately need the road to be piped past the houses, the garage and the pub.”
“The meeting was really positive and for the first time we are making real progress.”
A new working group has been set up to look at how best to tackle the problem going forward.