Chalk welcomes Cheltenham flood alleviation plans

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has welcomed plans to install new flood alleviation measures in the Priors/Oakley area.

The scheme and related engineering works, estimated to cost just under £2million, is going to Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet on 1st February for approval. The measures should protect at least 179 properties at risk of flooding from surface water and watercourses running off the Cleeve escarpment.

Funding is coming from a Defra grant of £1.7million, which was approved by the Environment Agency in October 2016, and GCC flood alleviation support of £243k.

Alex Chalk said: “I’m delighted that we were able to agree the DEFRA funding to get this scheme up and running. As we saw back in 2007, there is a very real fear of flooding coming down from Noverton Farm and Wymans Brook into homes in Prestbury and Oakley, off Bouncer’s Lane and Priors Rd.

“This will be a massive reassurance for local residents and I’m grateful to the Environment Agency and Gloucestershire County Council for taking action and giving the scheme such support."