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Flood defences plan for Frenchwood and Fishwick to be shown

Posted on - 23rd April, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Fishwick, Preston News, Preston weather
Flooded playing fields can be seen at Christ the King Pic: Chris Taylor
Flooded playing fields can be seen at Christ the King Pic: Chris Taylor

Flood defence proposals for Frenchwood and Fishwick are to be displayed this week.

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The Environment Agency is holding a drop-in session to show how they want to protect the area from flooding.

River levels at the River Ribble at the London Road bridge have regularly been topping out in recent years and Fishwick Bottoms regularly floods during periods of heavy rain.

Flood defences along the Ribble are due to be beefed up to thanks to a £40million government fund.

It will see new flood walls and embankments built over the next five to six years.

Frenchwood Community Primary School in Frenchwood Knoll will play host to the information event.

Flood risk manager for Lancashire Dan Bond said: “We are looking forward to sharing the latest proposals to reduce flood risk in Frenchwood. We want to work really closely with the community to help reduce the impact of flooding in the future.

“We have considered options for Frenchwood and Fishwick and now want to share this and listen to the feedback from the community. We will soon be starting ground investigations and have been working closely with our partners to develop the flood scheme.

“We are keen to listen to local residents before we make any final decisions on our proposals. We would encourage everyone to come along to the drop-in session to learn more about our ongoing work, to contribute by sharing their views and thoughts on the plans and to see how they can continue to be involved as flood risk management recommendations develop.”

Read more: Major flood defences plan for the River Ribble at Preston showcased

The information event takes place on Thursday 25 April from 3pm to 7.30pm.

For those unable to make it there’s information on the Environment Agency website about the scheme or you can email CMBLNC-PSO@environment-agency.gov.uk

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