Updates on flood risk management for the communities of Allesley and Upper Eastern Green. This is a collaboration between The Environment Agency and Coventry City Council, with support from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust delivering Natural Flood Management.
There is a long history of fluvial (river) flooding in the Upper Eastern Green area from the Brookstray, including in 2008 and twice in 2016. Properties and businesses opposite the Broad Lane/Banner Lane junction and in Goldthorn Close have been particularly affected. Surface water flooding and sewer flooding are also known to have caused issues in the wider area. In 2017 significant improvements were made to the drainage system at the Broad Lane / Banner Lane junction, coordinated by The Council. The Environment Agency is currently preparing a business case for Property Flood Resilience and Natural Flood Management for summer 2021. If approved, Property Flood Resilience installation will be undertaken by an Environment Agency appointed contractor. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has also completed initial assessments of the upstream catchment for Natural Flood Management.
Newsletter to be uploaded shortly.
Property Flood Resilience - Following business case approval, a framework contractor has been appointed to undertake property surveys and install property flood resilience measures to those homes at most risk from flooding. Surveys are due to take place this winter; the contractor will contact eligible homeowners to arrange a suitable date for surveys. The results of the survey will be provided to property owners, detailing suitable Property Flood Resilience options available to them. The Project Team will then discuss these options with the property owner and agree on a suitable package of measures. Following a signed agreement, the contractor will arrange a date for the installation of the agreed measures.
Natural Food Management - Following a pause due to Covid-19 between April and September, Natural Flood Management works have recommenced in the river catchment upstream of Allesley, such as further new leaky barriers at Slashpitt's Farm. Natural Flood Management can mean a range of things, from tree planting to creating leaky dams on rivers – but what they all have in common is that they are natural solutions which contribute towards reducing the impact of flooding and slowing the flow of water. To discuss opportunities for natural flood management including how to get involved please contact: [email protected] tel: 07810 863 177
Download the Allesley November 2020 Newsletter for further information.
Left - Full brook course during a storm, November 2019. Right - Leaky dams installed to slow flow on same brook, November 2020
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has received support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the River Sherbourne Valley Living Landscape. Made possible by National Lottery players, the scheme aims to reconnect the people of Coventry with the city’s river, restore the river for wildlife and complement the growing City of Culture programme linked to nature. Development funding of £253,600 has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help Warwickshire Wildlife Trust progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date.
For further information visit the River Sherbourne Valley Living Landscape web page.
Due to Coronavirus the arrangement of Property Flood Resilience (e.g. flood doors) and delivery of Natural Flood Management have been temporarily paused. Further updates will be provided in due course.
June 2019 to February 2020 was exceptionally wet in Coventry, culminating with storms Chiara and Dennis February. According to data from Bablake Weather Station, monthly rainfall levels were above the 1981-2010 average every month, resulting in the wettest June – February on record. This period of time provided an excellent opportunity to survey the catchment when wet, and to test the performance of leaky dams and other features installed. We are pleased to report that all measures performed well, and most importantly no properties in Allesley were significantly affected during this time.
In 2019 two community information events were held in Allesley Scout Hut. The presentations from the events are available below:
To discuss opportunities for natural flood management including how to get involved please email [email protected] or telephone 07810 863 177
To discuss drainage or surface water please email [email protected].