Homes in Mapperley Park to be protected from flooding as prevention scheme gets green light

 Homes in Mapperley Park to be protected from flooding as prevention scheme gets green light
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Almost 200 homes in Mapperley Park will be protected from surface water flooding after the go ahead was given for a flood prevention scheme in the area.

The £933,000 project began last November, when the Labour-run council agreed to spend £40,000 along with Severn Trent Water to conduct a study into how the money can be best spent, and which areas are most vulnerable.

Now, the scheme has taken another step forward and a formal business case and design plan will be put together.

A council report into the issue said: “The Mapperley Park area of Nottingham is characterised by steep topography and tree lined streets.

“On several occasions, the residents have reported internal property flooding to properties at the natural low spots.

“Downstream of Mapperley Park at the junction of Mansfield Road and Hucknall Road, there may be capacity issues on the combined sewer network and installing new highway drains to take water from the road could exacerbate flooding issues downstream.

“Anecdotal data suggests there are a total of 200 homes at risk in this area.”

The majority of the funding for the scheme – £780,000 – will come from the Government’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid.

A further £100,000 will come from the local levy, and the city council will contribute £50,000 from the Flood Risk Management reserves.

Severn Trent Water will be helping support the work going forward.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: “We’re happy to be continuing to support Nottingham City Council on the flooding prevention project for Mapperley Park.

“By supporting the council on this project we want to help prevent any of our customers from experiencing the consequences of flooding.”

Kit Sandeman, Local Democracy Reporter

Kit Sandeman, Local Democracy Reporter

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