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£2m flood defence works on Penrith Road, Keswick are due to start on the 2nd September

Posted: 29/08/19

On the 2nd September, work on the major engineering works designed to increase Keswick’s flood resilience is due to begin.

The flood resilience works involves the construction of a new flood storage basin at Springs Field and a new pumping station underneath Penrith Road which will discharge into the River Greta. Cumbria County Council, the Environment Agency and Keswick Flood Action Group are investing approximately £2m in the works. Improvement work will also be carried out in the Castlehead Drain to help the runoff of surface water between the basin and pumping station. In terms of scale, frequency and impact on the local community, the Penrith Road area of Keswick forms one of the greatest areas of surface water flood risk in the county.

Representatives from contractor VBA will be in Keswick Library every Tuesday between 10am and 12noon throughout the duration of the work to answer any questions and provide progress updates to residents, businesses and visitors.

Regular updates about the works will be posted on social media and a dedicated website has been set up on the County Council’s website which will be updated throughout the project and can be found here.

For more information, please click here.