Flood defences

IT seems that, unlike Pershore and other towns, Evesham is not to be afforded the luxury of flood defences.

Surely there is a way to reduce the effects of flooding by dredging the river?

This work was due to be carried out early in 2012, but has never happened, despite the money having been made available.

When I telephoned the Avon Navigation Trust I was told this work would be complete by the end of June 2012.

The river is full of leaves, bottles, cans and other rubbish from many years which, if removed, could alleviate the flooding to some extent and save money on cleaning the park and other flooded areas.

Evesham has been given a £10,000 grant – where is this going? Down the river like the rest of us.

Why has the river not been dredged as promised?

What has happened to the money allocated for this work?

It sems that other towns and villages are being protected by flood defences while Evesham is being left to sink into the mire.

Come on people, councils and MPs – fight for our town before we disappear off the map.

MISS S JAMES Evesham

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6:48pm Wed 16 Jan 13

MillyM says...

I can't agree with you more, the sooner the Avon is dredged at Evesham the better. £10,000 is a snip compare to the huge amount of money that could be spent in Broadway on flood defences.

It is proposed that around £3 million be spent on a bund just off the Cheltenham Road, Broadway, to protect less than 50 homes in Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot. Dredging the Avon and clearing the channels and widening the culverts between Broadway and Evesham would be much cheaper than £3m!

There is also a proposal to build houses along Station Road, Broadway, on the flood plain. Why are we still building on flood plains and increasing flood risk in the area and downstream of the area? I can only presume that the owners of these proposed homes will feel secure behind a new, multi-million pound defence system but it does seem a terrible waste of public money to spend several millions so that a few new homes can be built especially when there are more cost effective and cheaper solutions which will be of benefit to far more people in a much wider area.
I can't agree with you more, the sooner the Avon is dredged at Evesham the better. £10,000 is a snip compare to the huge amount of money that could be spent in Broadway on flood defences. It is proposed that around £3 million be spent on a bund just off the Cheltenham Road, Broadway, to protect less than 50 homes in Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot. Dredging the Avon and clearing the channels and widening the culverts between Broadway and Evesham would be much cheaper than £3m! There is also a proposal to build houses along Station Road, Broadway, on the flood plain. Why are we still building on flood plains and increasing flood risk in the area and downstream of the area? I can only presume that the owners of these proposed homes will feel secure behind a new, multi-million pound defence system but it does seem a terrible waste of public money to spend several millions so that a few new homes can be built especially when there are more cost effective and cheaper solutions which will be of benefit to far more people in a much wider area. MillyM

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