Work is underway to make Romsey more resilient to flooding, as Hampshire County Council begins on the highway element of a multi-agency plan at Middlebridge and Mainstone, working closely with the Environment Agency
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “Romsey was badly affected by flooding during the winter of 2013/14, from a mixture of groundwater, sewer, surface water and fluvial sources. Since then, we’ve been working with the Environment Agency and Test Valley Borough Council to develop solutions to manage flooding from all sources in the area.”
The Middlebridge and Mainstone works are part of an overall package of measures developed jointly with the Environment Agency and Test Valley Borough Council to alleviate and mitigate against the impact of flooding on local businesses and households in the future.
Preliminary work to divert utilities to allow for drainage improvements is now underway ahead of the main work starting in November. The impact on the road network is being kept to a minimum with work taking place off the carriageway at this stage.
The Romsey flood alleviation scheme represents over £6 million of infrastructure investment, and has been partnership funded with £1.49 million from Hampshire County Council and £325,000 from Test Valley Borough Council. An additional £1.15 million was provided by local levy from the Southern Regional Food and Coastal Committee with the remainder coming from central government funding.
Councillor Humby continued: “I understand the Environment Agency is making good progress on their elements of the scheme, with construction on the Causeway bridge and spillway, various embankments and the Fishlake Stream flow control structure now underway. We continue to liaise with Southern Water about potential improvements to their infrastructure at Winchester Road, and hope to have an update on this for Romsey residents and businesses shortly.”
John O’Flynn, Operations Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “The major flood defence structures including the installation of the Causeway bridges is still on course for this autumn. With final works due to be completed next year we have robust contingency plans to protect homes and businesses from flooding over the winter period.”
More information at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/romsey-flood-alleviation-scheme