Press release

Calstock residents urged to have say on flood alleviation plan

The Environment Agency is holding a public drop-in at Calstock to explain how potential works could reduce flood risk to local homes and businesses, and benefit the environment.

Picture of the River Tamar level with the top of an embankment next to a green field

Flood embankment next to the River Tamar at Calstock

The Environment Agency is keen to learn from local people who are invited to attend to share their views to help shape our proposals.

Dan Boswell of the Environment Agency said:

It is our job to reduce flood risk to people and properties. We are looking at ways to improve the existing flood defence embankment in Calstock. By moving it inland we can increase its effectiveness at reducing flood risk and allow the creation of inter-tidal habitat to help offset the impacts of rising sea levels on wildlife.

We welcome views from the residents of Calstock so that we can design a scheme that the local community is happy with.

The Environment Agency is seeking to work with local partners to ensure its work delivers as many benefits as possible to the community. This includes:

  • managing flood risk to the community, and the impacts of climate change
  • protecting the environment and visual landscape of Calstock and the Tamar Valley as an important recreational amenity
  • enhancing the environment by attracting additional wildlife to the improved local habitat on land reconnected to the river

The drop-in session for people to learn more and share ideas will take place in the Kelly Room of Calstock Arts on Wednesday 8 November 2017, from 3pm to 8pm.

Published 1 November 2017