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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 completed by August 2018.
Jackson Hyder are the principal contractor for the works.
Although the construction work continues to progress well, due to the prolonged poor weather conditions experienced throughout February and March 2018, the target for completion of the construction works is currently August 2018. The scheme will be operational and protecting properties from this date with some minor landscaping works to follow.
The following works have been completed or are in progress:
- The new brook alignment has been excavated and the brook now diverted through the control structure.
- The topsoiling of the embankment, prior to grass seeding, has commenced.
- Erosion protection mats have been placed on the embankment overtopping spillway.
- All stonework around the control structure, to prevent erosion of the new channel, has been completed.
- The debris screen for the control structure has now been installed.
The local community and residents are invited to the scheme’s official opening on Thursday 4 October. Details of the day will be sent out by the Environment Agency closer to the time.
On 25 October 2017, the Environment Agency held a construction open day at the Badsey Brook flood scheme. This gave visitors an opportunity to see the construction works in action and the progress made so far. Members of the Environment Agency project team were also available to provide information and answer questions.
Worcester Archaeology and the Environment Agency also held an open day for the public in October 2016. It was a chance to share archaeological finds at the site with the local community, some dating back more than 7,000 years.
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.
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.