Press release

Residents and businesses invited to Witton Community Centre drop-in event

The Environment Agency invites local residents and businesses to attend a drop-in to discuss progress on the Perry Barr and Witton flood risk management scheme.

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The drop-in will be held on Wednesday 9 March 2016, 2pm to 7pm, at:

Witton Community Centre
Deykin Avenue
Witton
Birmingham B6 7BU

Environment Agency staff will be on hand to provide information about the scheme and how work is progressing.

The scheme includes an increase in storage capacity at the existing Forge Mill flood storage area in Sandwell Valley. This will work in combination with localised low level wall construction and wall replacement through Witton. The construction work started in July last year and is due to be completed by July 2016.

The drop-in event will offer an opportunity for the local community to talk to staff and ask any questions.

Adam Deeks, Environment Agency Project Manager, commented:

We’d like residents and businesses to come along and talk to us about how the scheme is progressing. 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 Tame – including areas of Perry Barr and Witton.

This scheme will offer a reduction in flood risk to 100s of properties along a 14km stretch of river, including the communities of Perry Barr and Witton. It also offers excellent potential to deliver environmental improvements in the Sandwell Valley area at Forge Mill. This is a chance for local people to let us know what they think of the work so far and let us know of any concerns they may have.

More information on the scheme.

Published 2 March 2016