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The Environment Agency is working to reduce flood risk to more than 90 properties in Southampton, and improve the habitat for local wildlife along the Holly Brook. They are working in partnership with Southampton City Council, golf course manager, Mytime Golf, and sports centre manager, Active Nation.
A new, natural channel is replacing the culvert (the underground pipe through which the Holly Brook flows). This will allow the brook to store more water when river levels are high.
They now plan to bring in fresh material for the embankment.
Latest update: February 2013
The Environment Agency has built a new footpath at the sports centre, separating pedestrians and traffic.
Subject to planning permission, they intend to turn the old concrete boating lake (a safety risk and an eyesore) into a meadow area.
The unprecedented wet weather in 2012 affected the plans and led to delays. The Environment Agency originally planned to build an ornamental lake and use the excavated earth to build the embankment, but they weren’t able to do this as the earth was too wet to be used. Instead, they will bring fresh material for the embankment through the sports centre.
For more information, please email: SSDEnquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk