Press release

Residents and businesses invited to Rugeley flood scheme drop-ins

The Environment Agency is inviting local residents and businesses to discuss proposals for the Rugeley flood risk management scheme.

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Drop-in sessions to discuss the scheme will be held at:

Rugeley Leisure Centre
Burnthill Lane
Rugeley
WS15 2HZ

on the following dates:

  • Thursday 5 March 2015, between 3pm and 8pm
  • Saturday 7 March 2015, between 10am and 12pm

The Environment Agency and local council will be on hand at both drop-in sessions to provide information about the new proposals for the flood alleviation.

The area has a history of flooding from Rising Brook, with parts of the town centre at risk. The scheme will help to reduce the risk of flooding to over 100 properties and also forms an integral part of the local council’s plans to regenerate parts of the town centre.

The proposal includes constructing an embankment and diverting the brook through the flood water storage area on Hagley playing fields. As well as helping to reduce the risk of flooding for residents and businesses, the scheme proposals include creating new wetland habitat, restoring heritage features and reconnecting footpaths and improving accessibility. This should help create a better place where local people can reconnect with their environment and wildlife can thrive.

Environment Agency project manager, Neil Lote said:

This is a chance for residents and businesses to let us know what they think about the proposals and help shape the designs. We also want people to take the opportunity to input on how we improve the local environment and use of the playing fields.

If you are unable to attend the drop-in session you can request to see the new plans and comment by calling 03708 506 506 and asking to speak to the Rugeley flood risk management scheme project manager.

Alternatively you can write to us at:

NCPMS
Rugeley FRMS
Environment Agency
Sapphire East
550 Streetsbrook Road
Solihull
B91 1QT

Published 27 February 2015