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Chance to find out more about city's future flood risk plans

Published on Thursday, September 28, 2017

PEOPLE can find out more about proposals to reduce future flood risk to thousands of Leicester homes at a series of public events starting this week.

The Environment Agency and Leicester City Council have launched a new draft flood risk strategy for public consultation.

It has been developed following detailed analysis, and proposes a number of potential measures that will help reduce flood risk, create new habitats for wildlife and help open up the city’s riverside for people to enjoy.

The new strategy will build on major flood risk management work already completed along the River Soar and will extend this to include other key watercourses that flow into the river. These have been grouped into three key areas – Willow Brook, Braunstone Brook and Saffron Brook.

Paul Lockhart, Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager for the East Midlands, said: “A number of areas in Leicester are vulnerable to flooding following heavy downpours or prolonged periods of rain.

“Large tributaries to the Rive Soar flow quickly from higher ground on the outskirts of the city through densely populated areas towards the wide River Soar valley.

“Our new draft action plan proposes a number of measures that could be taken along these brooks and streams which would help reduce the risk of future flooding to thousands of homes and properties, while continuing to improve the city’s riverside environment for people and wildlife.”

The Willow Brook area includes Evington Brook, which rises east of Leicester and flows westward through the city before converging with Bushby Brook to form Willow Brook. This flows into the River Soar in Belgrave.

Major work proposed for this area includes lowering land to create additional flood storage areas at Spinney Hill Park, Humberstone Park, Evington Golf Club and the Caribbean Cricket Club on Ethel Road.

New flood defence walls and raised embankments are also proposed at various locations along the three brooks.

The proposed works in this area could help reduce flood risk to over 1,700 nearby properties.

The Braunstone Brook rises close to Braunstone Park, which it flow through. New flood storage could be created in three areas of the park through re-landscaping and lowering ground. The proposals also include creating additional flood storage areas in Western Park and at Fosse Road Recreation Ground. Raised defences could also be introduced between the Fosse Road North and the railway line. This work could help reduce flood risk to over 500 properties.

In the Saffron Brook area, existing flood storage plains at Knighton Park will be upgraded and new flood storage areas and raised defence will be created at St Mary’s Allotments.

Along the River Soar itself, the draft strategy recommends raising flood defences, bunds and embankments at key points along the length of the river to reduce flood risk to over 700 properties.

Melton Brook, which flows into the north of the city, was found to have limited impact on flood risk in the city and no major work is proposed.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The proposed strategy that we are now consulting on represents the next phase of our ambitious plans to tackle flood risk in the city and offer greater protection to thousands of homes.

“The city council is working very closely with the Environment Agency to make sure that our local flood defence work makes the most of the natural asset of the city’s riverside. This approach is reflected in the new draft strategy and I would urge people to let have their say on the proposals.”

People can find out more about the proposals and how they impact on their local area at the following public events:

  • The Peepul Centre, Orchardson Avenue – Wednesday 4 October, from 11am to 7.30pm
  • Aylestone Leisure Centre, Knighton Lane East – Thursday 5 October, from 11am to 7.30pm 
  • Belgrave Hall, Church Road – Tuesday 10 October, from 11am to 7.30pm
  • BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue – Wednesday 11 October, from 11am to 7.30pm
  • Granby Primary School, Granby Road Tuesday 24 October, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Haymarket Shopping Centre – Thursday 26 October, from 11am to 6.30pm

The consultation on the new flood risk action plan for Leicester is also available online at www.leicester.gov.uk/consultations