Philip Dunne MP was on hand to open formally the Much Wenlock Flood Alleviation Scheme, which will protect homes and businesses from flooding.
Much Wenlock has experienced significant flooding over the past two decades, including in 2007 when 64 properties were flooded following heavy rainfall on the catchment above the town. The Much Wenlock Flood Alleviation Scheme, a £2+million project, aims to prevent and minimise the risk of local flooding in future, reducing the flood risk for 171 properties.
Two ponds have been built at Shylte and Sytche to slow surface water running through Much Wenlock, with inbuilt systems to allow for control of the flow of water out of the ponds. Each can hold significant quantities of water, and are built to withstand a once in thirty year event, with added compensation for the possibility of climate change. The spoil has been transported along Wenlock Edge to create a wetland in one of the quarries owned by The National Trust which will create an enhanced environment for flora and fauna.
Mr Dunne said: “I supported establishment of the Much Wenlock Flood Forum following the devastating floods of 2007, and played an early role in getting various bodies together to tackle this issue, including Much Wenlock Town Council, Shropshire Council, the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water.
So I am fully aware of the problems flooding presents to local residents and businesses, and am delighted Shropshire Council have led development of this scheme. I was pleased to be able to congratulate all those involved in taking this initiative and overseeing its implementation, to put in place such impressive measures to help keep people and property safe from future flooding in Much Wenlock.”