Press release

Perry Barr and Witton flood scheme public drop-in events

Environment Agency is inviting local residents and businesses to attend a drop-in to discuss proposals for the Perry Barr and Witton flood scheme.

The drop-ins will be held on:

Thursday 31 July 2014 between 5pm and 7:30pm at

Hamstead Hall CLC
Craythorne Avenue
Birmingham B20 1HL

Saturday 2 August 2014 between 12pm and 5pm at

Witton Community Centre
150 Deykin Avenue
Birmingham B6 7BU

Environment Agency staff will be on hand at both drop-in sessions to provide information about new proposals for the flood scheme.

The original recommendation for three metre high walls through Witton are no longer being taken forward because investigations have revealed that ground conditions in the area are unfavourable for construction. The new design now includes localised low level wall construction and wall replacement through Witton, combined with an increase in storage capacity at the existing Forge Mill flood storage area in Sandwell Valley. The design is at an early stage and we are currently discussing the impacts at Forge Mill with landowners and stakeholders.

Rachel Kelly, Environment Agency Project Manager said:

We would like residents and businesses to come along and talk to us about proposals for the flood defences. Like all major rivers, the River Tame has a history of flooding. In June and July 2007, there was widespread flooding to areas along the river – including areas of Perry Barr and Witton.

We are disappointed that we could not continue with our original proposals but are hopeful that our new designs will be accepted and offer a benefit to the residents of Witton. This is a chance for people to let us know what they think about the proposed designs and let us know about any concerns they may have.

If you are unable to attend any of the drop-in session you can view the new plans on the Perry Barr and Witton flood risk management scheme webpages and submit your comments via:

Email at witton.frms@environment-agency.gov.uk or calling 03708 506506 and asking to speak to the Perry Barr and Witton flood scheme Public Liaison Officer.

Alternatively you can write to us at:

Perry Barr and Witton Flood Risk Management Scheme
NCPMS
Environment Agency
Sapphire East
550 Streetsbrook Road
Solihull B91 1QT

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