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Council inviting residents to find out more about flood prevention plans in Allesley

Published Tuesday, 05 February 2019

Coventry City Council, the Environment Agency and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust are inviting residents to find out more about flood prevention in the Butt Lane and Washbrook Lane area of Allesley.

Updates will be provided on the drainage improvements, progress made so far on the partnership funded scheme, and plans going forward, including a new Natural Flood Management project in the Upper Sherbourne River (upstream from Allesley). Natural Flood Management is when natural processes are used to help reduce the risk of flooding, which can mean a range of things, from planting trees to creating leaky dams on rivers.

Residents will also have the opportunity to share their experiences of flooding and where it occurs, ask questions, and understand how they can be involved in future work.

Councillor Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: “I really want to encourage residents, especially those who live in Allesley, to attend this to find out more about the work we’re doing to help prevent flooding.

“The Natural Flood Management project we want to put in place will help to slow the flow of the water, reduce the risk of flooding and it will also help create new habitats for wildlife in the area.

“I would like to invite residents to come along and share their experiences of flooding, tell us where flooding has occurred in the past, and to find out more about our plans for the future.”

Ian Jelley, Director of Living Landscapes at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust said “We are looking forward to meeting with residents in the Allesley area to chat more about the role natural flood management can play in reducing the impact of flooding, and the significant value it can add for wildlife within a river catchment.”

Project Executive for the Environment Agency, David Clarke added: “The Environment Agency is really pleased to be partnering with Coventry City Council and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in taking forward this project in Allesley, which will have benefits to the local community and wildlife whilst reducing flood risk. We look forward to meeting residents to share potential plans for the area.”

The event is being held on Friday 8 February the First Coventry Allesley Scout Hut, Washbrook Lane, Allesley Village, Coventry, CV5 9FG, and residents can attend anytime between 2pm-6pm. There will be sit-down presentations about the project at 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm along with information boards that will be available to view throughout the event.

This project is being delivered in partnership with Coventry City Council, the Environment Agency and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

Further information about the event can be found on the Allesley natural flood management page.

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