Hampshire County Council steps up work to complete £6.24m Buckskin Flooding Alleviation Scheme

A major scheme to help protect a Hampshire community from the impact of flooding is set to be operational by the New Year

Dec 11 2020

Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Councillor Rob Humby said: “Buckskin was hit hard by flooding during the winter for 2014 and since then, a great deal of work has been done by partner organisations, and the local flood action group in the community, to get to this point.  There have been operational challenges due to COVID-19 that have made this work more complicated during the construction phase, but we are determined to complete the scheme before the New Year - so contractors will be working at weekends and nearer to Christmas to finish the major engineering parts of the works.”


The Buckskin Flood Alleviation scheme has been constructed in two phases: Phase 1 included improvements of ditches and upgrades to culverts along Churchill Way West and Worting Road, and improvements of ditches in Saunders Field to improve drainage of floodwater between Buckskin and the start of the River Loddon. Phase 2 included works to the subway near McDonalds, and new drainage to collect and connect rising ground water from between houses in the Buckskin area to a new surface water gravity pipe. The pipe has been installed between the Ridgeway Centre on the Buckskin Estate and the start of the existing winterbourne ditch to the north of Worting Road Roundabout.


Councillor Humby continued: “Making sure this scheme is operational before the start of 2021 will help to make Buckskin more resilient to the impact of flooding, and I’d like to thank the local community for their support, and our partners who have collaborated with us on this much-needed scheme.”


Executive Member for Commercial Strategy, Human Resources and Performance and County Councillor for Basingstoke South West, Councillor Stephen Reid, said:

“I am really pleased to have chaired the meetings and to be able to report that this scheme to reduce the impact of flooding is nearing completion; it’s been a huge joint effort by all involved and will make a big difference to the whole community in Buckskin.

“Although there is work to complete above ground, the scheme will be fully functioning below ground by the end of the year.  The tidying up and removal of compounds is likely to roll over into the New Year.”

The major engineering project cost £6.24 million.  Hampshire County Council contributed £2.04 million, £1.75 million was awarded from the Government’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid, £2.2 million from the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Local Levy, and £250,000 from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.


To find out more about the scheme visit https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/environment/flooding/strategies/scheme-buckskin