Flood alleviation scheme approved for Farnborough

A package of measures designed to help reduce flooding in two Farnborough roads have been approved by Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at a recent decision day

Nov 19 2020

The £475,000 scheme for Rectory Road and Sycamore Road in Knellwood, Farnborough will be funded from Hampshire County Council’s Flood Risk and Coastal Defence Programme, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Flood Defence Grant in Aid funding (FDGiA) and Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) local levy.

Councillor Humby said: “Both Rectory Road and Sycamore Road have a record of vulnerability to surface water and groundwater flooding following persistent rainfall events, therefore I am pleased that Environment Agency funding has now been secured to enable us to bring forward a scheme.  A suite of measures to reduce the risk of flooding on both Rectory Road and Sycamore Road has now been developed in liaison with Rushmoor Borough Council, which owns and manages the adjacent open spaces, King Georges Field and Rectory Road Recreation Ground.  The aim is to re-establish historic flow pathways to guide floodwater away from properties and the highway towards the River Blackwater.” 

The package of measures include: 

Improvements to the existing drainage system to reconnect the historic drainage system;  
Reinstatement of the historic water course; 
Use of minor bunding to re-establish historic flow pathways;  
Reducing the bund at the west boundary of the A331 to enable desired flow path;
Implementation of an overflow pipe under the A331; and 
Construction of new surface water drainage to improve connectivity.

Work is due to start in Spring 2021.

Councillor Humby added: “I’d like to ask the local community to bear with us during construction as there will be some disruption as access to the playing fields, pavement and roads may be restricted. We will do all we can to minimise any disruption.”  

On Rectory Road most of the proposed works will be undertaken on Rushmoor Borough Council land, on existing highway, or on County Council owned land.

On Sycamore Road, a licence for access will be required to undertake works of the fields on King Georges Playing Field, which is owned by the King Georges Playing Fields Trust. Easement will be required for new gullies in the field that will be connected to the Highways drainage system.

For more information visit the Scheme web page: https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/floodalleviationprojects