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Northwich town centre is at risk of flooding from the Rivers Dane and Weaver. Northwich experienced severe flooding in 2000 when 30 properties were flooded and main roads had to close.
The Environment Agency aim to reduce flood risk in Northwich to around 700 homes and businesses in the town centre.
1. Proposed flood defences
The Environment Agency and Cheshire West and Chester Council have secured funding to construct a sustainable flood risk management scheme in Northwich. The scheme will reduce flood risk to around 700 local homes and businesses and encourage economic growth. The plans will fit in with the Northwich Vision regeneration plan for the town.
The proposed flood defences are currently being designed. The Environment Agency will share the plans with the community who will get to comment on the plans before the Environment Agency finalise them.
2. Community engagement
The Environment Agency hosted a stand on Leicester St at the end of June 2013 and a drop-in session for local businesses in early 2014.. They will continue to provide opportunities for people to talk to them about the plans.
The Environment Agency secured a large chunk of money from a special growth fund. This was set up by the government following extensive flooding across the UK in 2012. The fund is for the construction of flood defences that encourage economic growth.
Final designs must be submitted for planning approval in summer 2014 so that construction can begin in spring 2014, for completion in winter 2016.
Call David Brown, Senior Environment Agency Flood Advisor, on 01925 542269 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.