Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, explained: “I’m pleased that we’ve got to the stage now where we’ve completed investigations, worked with partners, listened to the community and, crucially, confirmed funding to put in place a scheme which will help mitigate the impact of flooding in Buckskin in future.
“The flooding Buckskin suffered during the severe winter of 2014 proved complex to tackle because it came from a combination of sources, including groundwater and surface water. I’d like to thank the people of Buckskin for their patience while we have investigated a solution, and reassure them that we will continue to do all we can to reduce the impact of flooding on their community.”
The flood alleviation scheme in Buckskin will be implemented in two phases, at a cost of £6.24 million. Hampshire County Council is contributing £2.04 million, with £1.75 million coming from the Government’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid, £2.2 million from the Thames Regional and Coastal Committee Local Levy, and £250,000 from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
Work is expected to start later this summer with Phase 1 of the scheme improving the capacity of ditches and culverts from Saunders Field, along Churchill Way West up to Worting Road Roundabout. Phase 2 will consist of ditch works to enhance natural flood storage in Saunders Field, 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 will be installed between the Ridgeway Centre on the Buckskin Estate and the start of the existing winterbourne ditch to the north of Worting Road Roundabout.
Once complete, there will be a significant reduction in the risk of flooding to properties in Buckskin.
Read the full report at: http://democracy.hants.gov.uk/documents/s14822/Report.pdf