Construction of a £6 million water storage reservoir to protect Catterick Village and the A1 motorway from flooding will start this Spring.
Details of the Environment Agency scheme, which is jointly funded with Highways England and North Yorkshire County Council, will be outlined at a public drop-in meeting at the Booth Memorial Hall, Catterick, on Monday 7 March from 3pm to 5.30pm when members of the project team will be on hand to provide information and address any questions or concerns.
The new storage reservoir will be built upstream of Catterick, between Brough Park and the A1 motorway, and will be able to hold 91 million gallons of water which, in a storm event, would overwhelm Brough Beck, putting the village and surrounding area at risk of flooding.
Environment Agency contractors will start work on the project in Spring 2016 and it will take about a year to complete. The flood storage area will provide a significantly improved standard of flood protection for 149 homes and businesses as well as protecting the A1 motorway. In addition, a local bridleway will be improved and a new area of wildlife habitat will be created along Brough Beck.
Environment Agency Project Manager, Philip Boyes, said:
We have been working closely in partnership with Highways England and North Yorkshire County Council to develop this scheme and their support has been vital in enabling us to secure the necessary funding so the work can to go ahead.
When completed, the storage reservoir will hold flood water back so it flows more slowly down Brough Beck towards Catterick village and the new section of the A1 which is currently under construction. This will significantly reduce flood risk in the area.
Mr Boyes added that all construction traffic would access the site from the A1 and the recently completed Catterick Central junction, thereby avoiding the need for heavy lorries to pass through the village.