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Construction work to begin at Benson Green and Busher Walk in Kendal as the £76million flood scheme progresses

Posted: 12/01/22

Environment Agency Press Release: 12.01.2022

  • Work on flood defences at Benson Green and Busher Walk will start in January 2022
  • Construction will continue at Benson Green and Busher Walk for around four months
  •  The £76M Flood Risk Management Scheme will better protect 1,400 homes and 1,100 business from flooding when fully complete.

January sees the start of construction of two new sections of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme.

The Environment Agency and contractors, Volker Stevin, will begin work at Busher Walk and Benson Green in Kendal with construction works taking around four months to complete.

At Busher Walk, 110m of flood embankment will be built to improve the flood protection to local homes and businesses. At Benson Green, the replacement and construction of new flood walls will provide the community with improved flood protection. When works are complete the existing access ramp to the riverside footpath will also be reinstated.

All flood defence walls in this area will be clad on both sides in local stone to compliment the local aesthetics.
To allow the works to be carried out safely, the riverside footpath will be closed between Dockray Hall and Victoria Bridge and there will be a diversion in place.

Keith Roddy, Programme Manager for the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme said:

“Our thanks once again go out to residents and businesses for their patience whilst we carry out works at Busher Walk and Benson Green to better protect more homes and business from flooding.

“The Environment Agency and contractors Volker Stevin were able to complete four sections of the scheme in 2021, and this momentum continues into 2022.

“The scheme in Kendal is an important part of how the Environment Agency is working locally to help communities adapt to the increasing flood risk caused by the climate emergency.

“We cannot protect against every flood, however the £76million scheme in Kendal will significantly reduce the risk of flooding to 1,400 homes and 1,100 business.

“It’s also vital everyone knows the threat to them and how to keep their loved ones, property and possession safe.
“Go to the website or search ‘know my flood risk’ to sign up for flood warnings, receive information on the risk in your area and what to do in a flood:”