16:07 Monday 13 January 2014

Flood defence scheme launch

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

A FLOOD defence scheme for Marchington is set to be given the go-ahead, as months of planning has come to a close.

The Environment Agency has been working on plans for defences in the village since the start of 2013 and flooding specialists will now consult with residents to develop a long-term solution to the problems.

Marchington Brook floods during periods of heavy rain, causing flood water to build up in the village, particularly affecting Church Lane and Church Close, as well as parts of Green Lane and Silver Lane.

Chris Leedham, chairman of Marchington Parish Council said: “The flood committee was originally formed to talk about introducing flood defences into the village in May 2012.

“A lot of work has been done alongside the environment agency, Severn Trent Water and Staffordshire County Council to pull it all together.

“We are meeting with the Environment Agency to talk through the model and see what happens.”

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “The modelling process has been completed and it has given us some useful information to start developing options to reduce flood risk in Marchington.

“We will be discussing the outcomes of the model with Marchington Parish Council and local residents later this month, and we will continue to work with them and our partners to develop the most appropriate solution.”

Councillor Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport and the connected county from Staffordshire County Council said: “The Environment Agency is currently investigating a flood defence scheme for Marchington village.

“Once the report is published, our highways officers will assess whether any work is required on the road.”

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