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The Badsey Brook catchment runs from the Cotswold hills through the communities of Broadway, Childswickham, Murcot, Wickhamford, Badsey and Aldington to the River Avon. It consists of both the Badsey and Bunches Brook and other minor tributaries.
The Badsey Brook flood risk management scheme will reduce flood risk for approximately 290 properties along the Badsey and Bunches Brook in Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot. The area suffered from extensive flooding in 2007 and 2012, with roads and properties affected. Following the 2007 floods, the Environment Agency began drawing up plans to reduce the risk of flooding in the Badsey Brook catchment.
Scheme detail and timescales
The scheme will include the construction of a flood storage area which will be able to hold up to 135,000 cubic metres of water upstream of Cheltenham Road in Broadway. Earth embankments and a control structure will also be constructed to limit the amount of water flowing down the brook during periods of high rainfall.
Construction work on the scheme is due to be complete by the end of Spring 2018.
Construction has started on the flood storage area. This includes earth works and the removal of topsoil along the footprint of the proposed embankment and the flood storage area. Jackson Hyder are the principal contractor for the works.
The Environment Agency has been liaising with landowners affected by the scheme and discussing the potential impacts.
Public drop-in sessions were held on 7 and 15 July 2015 where Environment Agency staff were available to answer questions about the proposals. The team had some very useful discussions with over 80 people and all the local knowledge shared with them will be used to inform the work.
Worcester Archaeology and the Environment Agency also held an open day for the public. It was a chance to share archaeological finds with the local community, some dating back more than 7,000 years.
The Environment Agency will be holding a construction open day in the next few months to give the local community and schools the opportunity to come and see the works close up as they progress. More details will be advertised once a date has been confirmed.
The English Severn and Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) has contributed funding towards the £4 million Badsey Brook flood scheme. At the January 2015 RFCC meeting funding was confirmed which allowed the purchase of land for the proposed flood storage area.
As of early 2017, over £2 million in grant-in-aid funding has been secured towards the construction of the scheme. To enable access to this funding under Defra’s Flood Partnership Funding Model, Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District Council are contributing £555,000, with Childswickham and Broadway parish councils contributing £312,000.
To find out more about this scheme you can contact the Environment Agency’s local project officer Dan Wilkinson on Dan.Wilkinson@environment-agency.gov.uk. Alternatively you can call 0203 025 1583.