Update given on flood defences at Penwortham caravan park and Golden Way

Posted on - 11th August, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Broadgate, Penwortham, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment, Ribble Valley News, Riversway, South Ribble News, Walton-le-Dale
Pic: Environment Agency North West

Environment Agency North West has finished flood defence work at the caravan park in lower Penwortham and installed a path at Golden Way.

The work in lower Penwortham and Golden Way is part of the Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Scheme (FRMS), which aims to ‘better protect’ around 5,000 residential and business properties from flooding in the local catchment.

The Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council and partners have united to develop the scheme, which provides flood risk mitigation for communities from Preston Riversway towards the M6 and Higher Walton.

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Pic: Environment Agency North West

Flood defences are currently in place. But they were mostly built between the 1920s and 1980s and are approaching the ‘end of their life’.

The FRMS covers five development areas: Area 1 (Riversway and Broadgate), Area 2 (lower Penwortham), Area 3 (Frenchwood and Walton-le-Dale along River Ribble), Area 4 (Walton-le-Dale along River Darwen), and Area 5 (Higher Walton).

Areas 1 and 2 comprise the first development phase, and following feedback from the community, the EA has established a preferred option.

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The scheme will comprise defences made up of flood walls with localised use of glass panels and embankments and will consider climate change and include environmental enhancements and mitigation.

There will also be a focus on growth, regeneration and natural flood risk management where possible.

The scheme for Areas 1 and 2 has acquired conditional permission from the planning authorities, and construction has commenced, with Areas 3, 4 and 5 currently in the design development phase.

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The Environment Agency said it is still navigating a ‘challenging time’, but they are ‘committed and actively progressing’ the scheme.

They said they would continue to follow government advice regarding safe practices, commencing with pre-bookable face-to-face engagement and continuing with online services.

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