West Berkshire Council

Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme now complete

2017 Aerial view of Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme, Thatcham

Issued on: 19 December 2017

Construction of the Flood Alleviation Scheme at Tull Way, Thatcham is now complete. 279 properties to the south of Tull Way are now protected from surface water flooding. 

The project, which started in May, was funded by government grant through the Environment Agency (EA) together with contributions from West Berkshire Council and Thatcham Town Council.

A large earth embankment to the north of Tull Way has been created to retain flood water from the land to the north and an outlet structure to control the rate of flow into the existing surface water sewer.

In 2010, West Berkshire Council, in conjunction with the EA and Thames Water completed a 'Surface Water Management Plan for Thatcham' (SWMP) as one of six pilot studies, part funded by Defra.

The SWMP identified a strategy which comprised a series of detention basins or 'reservoirs' that are designed to store flood water and then release it at a controlled rate into the surface water sewers under Thatcham to prevent them becoming overwhelmed.

Cllr Jeanette Clifford, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Highways and Transport said: "We are delighted this important flood defence scheme for Thatcham is now complete. A great deal has been achieved in Thatcham since the terrible floods in 2007 and we have worked tirelessly with our partners to provide the best possible protection against future floods.  We completed the first reservoir at Cold Ash Hill in 2014 and two further schemes at Dunston Park and South East Thatcham are planned for next year. Subject to grant funding, we will continue to implement one scheme a year until all the proposed flood defences are in place."

Thatcham Flood Forum supplied £122,000 towards flood defences.

Iain Dunn, Thatcham Flood Forum said: "We are very pleased that the Tull Way Scheme is complete. We are extremely grateful to all the local organisations and individuals who raised the £122,000 as without these important local funds, we simply would not have the £4 million so desperately needed to complete Thatcham's flood protection scheme by late 2018. The response from local businesses was overwhelming."

He added: "The wonderful support of those donors, Thatcham Town Council, West Berkshire Council, local businesses and organisations and many personal contributions demonstrated the broad community support the EA needed to consider funding completion of the town's major flood defences. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the generosity of Greenham Common Trust, Berkshire Community Foundation and Scottish and Southern Electric Power Distribution who together, were responsible for £80,000 of the total funding. This is a phenomenal contribution which provided the impetus for the application to the EA."

The Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme was constructed by Jackson Civil Engineering supervised by West Berkshire Council.

Take a look at the Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme blog to see how the project progressed.