Press release

Public invited to review new Faversham flood defence scheme proposal

Community invited to give opinion on new tidal defence and suggestions for area enhancement.

The Environment Agency is proposing to build a new flood defence embankment along Faversham Creek to defend properties at Front Brents. The defence will be a grassed embankment approximately 80 centimetres in height. A series of flood gates in the embankment, which will be closed during a flood, will still allow access to the green and creek area.

The scheme will cost approximately £100,000 and has been developed in partnership with Swale Borough Council. Residents of Front Brents have also contributed financially to the project as have Faversham Town Council and Kent County Council.

As part of the construction of the new flood defence, the Environment Agency has the opportunity to include improvements to the creekside area for the local community. The Environment Agency is providing an unmanned public display at Faversham Library from 19 February to 25 February 2016 and is inviting the local community to view the plans and give their feedback.

Simon Curd, Flood Risk Team Leader, said:

We would encourage the public to attend the consultation event and provide us with their opinions and what enhancements they think we can include and introduce as part of the scheme. This is a great opportunity to increase enjoyment of the creekside area and to reduce flood risk to the community.

Construction is proposed to start in the early summer of 2016.

Pictures of the scheme can be found on our flickr album here

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