on major new flood prevention scheme for Brent Knoll to begin
on a major new flood prevention scheme in Brent Knoll is set to
begin over the coming week.
Brue Drainage Board contractors will be arriving in Brent Knoll
from Monday January 4th to start work - and several road closures
will come into force.
work is aimed at preventing flooding property and roads in Brent
Knoll, which has occured on a number of occasions, notably in
late 1999 and more recently in November 2012 and in January 2013.
scheme is joint funded by the Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium,
Somerset County Council, Wessex Water and Brent Knoll Parish Council
and will provide a new culvert under Brent Street to take excess
water flows away from Church Lane and divert it to the south toward
the Applewithy Rhyne.
rainfall runoff from the steep slopes of the Knoll quickly fills
the shallow gradient channels and culverts at the base of the
hill, backs up and spills out onto the roads and into surrounding
gardens and properties," a spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
area is served by a complex network of open watercourses, culverts
and highway drains."
of the system is in poor condition and is unable to cope with
the volumes of water produced during heavy localised rainfall
events. In addition there is a history of problems relating to
the sewers in the area."
proposed scheme will connect the open section of the West Town
Gutter watercourse in Church Lane, under Brent Street via a new
65m long 600mm diameter culvert, into the improved ditch alongside
Bodys Lane. In addition the existing culvert under Bodys
Lane into Applewithy Rhyne will be improved and an overflow spillway
between the Applewithy Rhyne and Brent Broad Rhyne will be constructed.
"This approach will enable excess flow to drain away from
the village and into the maintained rhyne network which drains
toward the River Axe (Applewithy Rhyne) and River Brue (Brent
Broad Rhyne)," added the spokesman.
have been warned to expect delays with several road closures planned
during the work over the next few weeks.
western end of Church Lane will be closed from 4th January for
up to three weeks. This will affect only a very short length and
access will be possible from the other end of Church Lane throughout.
Street will also be closed from 18th January for up to four weeks,
from the western junction with Church Lane to a point just east
of Bodys Lane, near to the Methodist church.
Church Lane closure will be lifted before the Brent Street closure
is installed, such that both are not active concurrently,"
added the spokesman. "Pedestrian access past the works will
be maintained whenever it is safe."
allow the Bodys Lane culvert and spillway work to be undertaken
the public footpath which follows the lane and runs alongside
the Applewithy Rhyne will be closed for approximately two weeks."
"It is inevitable that disruption will be felt within the
village, but we hope that the community recognises the need for
this essential flood relief scheme, which will reduce the risk
of flooding to properties and roads in the area."