West Berkshire Council

Work to start on flood defences for Thatcham

Work to begin on flood defences for Dunston Park and South East Thatcham

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West Berkshire Council will start work on flood defences at Dunston Park and South East Thatcham early next month.

The schemes are part of the comprehensive programme of flood defence work outlined in the council's Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) for Thatcham, which was developed in partnership with the Environment Agency, Thatcham Town Council and Thames Water, in response to the severe flooding on 20 July 2007.

They are part of a flood defence strategy that follow on from the completed reservoirs at Cold Ash Hill and Tull Way.

Councillor Jeanette Clifford said:

"We are committed to doing everything we can to protect against a repeat of the devastating floods in 2007. 

"It's good that the completed schemes at Cold Ash Hill and Tull Way are already protecting hundreds of properties, and that these new schemes at Dunston Park and South East Thatcham will protect even more. I'm delighted to see the Surface Water Management Plan, one of the first of its kind, come into reality and help people in Thatcham feel safer in their homes, schools and businesses.

"Special mention must go to the tireless work of the Thatcham Flood Forum who worked with local companies to raise a massive £60,000 which was then match funded by the Greenham Common Trust. This was vital in securing the Government grant money."

Councillor Jan Cover, Town Mayor of Thatcham said:

"Thatcham Town Council is pleased to have worked with West Berkshire Council and Thatcham Flood Forum to help deliver the next stage of the Surface Water Management Plan for Thatcham.

"The floods of July 2007 were devastating to so many and the creation of this series of flood alleviation schemes should help bring some peace of mind to those affected."

 "On behalf of Thatcham Town Council I thank West Berkshire Council and the Thatcham Flood Forum for their hard work in continuing to deliver the Management Plan over the coming years."

Brian Woodham, Chair, Surface Water Management Plan Funding Committee, Thatcham Flood Forum said: 

"These schemes will capture and control around 50 million cubic metres of water and protect some 500 homes. 

"They represent a huge step forward  and, on completion, mean that over 900 homes so far have had their flood risk significantly reduced. We cannot thank enough the organisations and individuals that contributed to our fundraising campaign to ensure that the schemes were an attractive proposition for national funding."

Find out more about the Dunston Park and South East Thatcham flood defence schemes at www.westberks.gov.uk/sethatchamfas.