19:33 Saturday 18 January 2014

Flood funding could be on the way for villages

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

28/01/13 ES & SD Flooding - Catton, Walton, Barton, Scropton, Hatton, Rolleston, BurtonFlooding caused by the melting snow and rain in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire.Rolleston Brook 28/01/13 ES & SD Flooding - Catton, Walton, Barton, Scropton, Hatton, Rolleston, BurtonFlooding caused by the melting snow and rain in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire.Rolleston Brook

ALMOST £275,000 could be spent on improving flood prevention measures around Burton and South Derbyshire.

Melbourne, Repton, Rolleston and Barton under Needwood are among the areas which will benefit from the flood alleviation project proposed by the Environment Agency.

The schemes, totalling £274,000, are set to be approved by members of the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee when they meet next month.

One of the projects due to get the green light would see new pipework put in place along Craythorne Road and Beacon Road.

It is hoped the £142,000 boost will help excess water flow more easily into Rolleston Brook, and reduce the risk of flooding for people living in the area.

Councillor Beryl Toon, who represents the village for East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “The water comes down in torrents and flows out into the pipes which must be blocked. We’re very concerned.

“It’s been a problem for ages, and help to cause the problems with flooding.

“As far as I’m concerned, it really is important to get it done.”

Another project up for consideration would see work taking place to reduce flood risk for six properties near to Knoll Brook in Barton under Needwood. The work, which will try to prevent overspill to sewers, will cost £52,000. Work has also been proposed to alleviate problems at Barton Brook.

These projects have all been planned to take place over the next three years, with further work taking place in subsequent years.

Discussions are also under way about a £530,000 project in Stretton.

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