Hampshire County Council, the Environment Agency and Test Valley Borough Council are inviting residents to come and find out more about plans to make Romsey more resilient to flooding at a public exhibition in Crosfield Hall in Romsey which will run from 11th – 14th October.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “Since the severe winter of 2013/14, we’ve been working with our partners to come up with a package of measures to help mitigate the impact of flooding in Romsey in the future. This has included securing a financial contribution of £1.35 million towards the improvements. We are now inviting local businesses and residents to come and have a look at the plans, and talk to the project team in more detail next week so they can find out more.”
David Martin, Flood & Coastal Risk Team Leader at the Environment Agency added: “The Environment Agency is committed to reducing the flood risk in Romsey and we have been leading on work with Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council to develop a project to make this possible. The project represents a significant investment in infrastructure for the town and will cost over £4m. We are supporting the project with £1.7m of government funding, which will be combined with £807,000 in Local Levy from the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and the investments from Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council. We expect to start work on the ground in spring 2018.”
The proposals include a range of interventions, including a river flow control structure, earth embankments, drainage improvements, raised kerbs, additional culverts, sluice gates and overland flow route and an overflow pipe under the existing A27.
Deputy Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “We are pleased to have contributed financially towards this scheme. Without local funding it would not have been possible for it to proceed.”
The public exhibition will be open during the following times, during which people are invited to drop in:
Wednesday 11 October: 1pm-4pm
Thursday 12 October: 10am-1pm
Friday 13 October: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 14 October: 10am – 1pm
More information is available at: www.hants.gov.uk/news/sep26romseyfloodfunding