Go ahead for Uplyme flood protection scheme

PUBLISHED: 07:01 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 15 January 2018

Previous flooding in Uplyme. Picture: SUBMITTED

Previous flooding in Uplyme. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Devon County Council Cabinet backs a £226,000 project to protect homes and businesses in the village

Devon County Council’s Cabinet has approved a £226,000 flood improvement scheme for Uplyme.

Members agreed to back the works after hearing that Uplyme experiences regular nuisance flooding affecting properties, highways and other infrastructure, such as the village hall.

It was reported that more than 14 properties were flooded internally during 2012, some on multiple occasions.

A review of the drainage systems, including the watercourse channel and culverted sections, identified a number of restrictions and inadequate culvert capacities, with a risk of flooding in some locations from a one in two year event.

There remained a high risk of future flood events during periods of heavy rainfall unless protection is improved.

A number of measures are proposed at different locations to improve conveyance through the village.

These include:

Formalisation of overflow ditch to avoid restrictive culverts under the B3165, Lyme Road.

Installation of a 40m long, 450mm diameter, bypass culvert through the Uplyme Village Hall car park.

Removal/alteration of a concrete service bridge from BT control box to the Village Hall.

Installation of an overflow culvert running adjacent to the existing main road culvert under the B3165, Lyme Road, upstream of the Village Hall.

Installation of a 100m long, 600mm diameter, flood relief culvert running under Pound Lane, connecting into an existing watercourse downstream.

Provision of protective silt traps and watercourse check weirs.

Councillor Ian Hall, Devon County Councillor representing Uplyme, said: “This scheme will be welcomed by people living in Uplyme who will benefit from the improvements. It can often be challenging to deliver affordable schemes for smaller communities but these improvements provide value-for-money solutions for Uplyme.”

The design work for the scheme has been carried out in liaison with East Devon District Council, Uplyme Parish Council and landowners.

Subject to successful applications for funding, it is hoped that work will start on both schemes later this spring.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for flood risk management said: “These are essential flood improvements as there is still a very real flood risk in Uplyme which could impact on properties and businesses. The investment in these schemes will improve the level of protection and reduce the risk of flooding to both communities.”

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