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Flood construction works complete at Natland Road and Romney Gardens in Kendal

Posted: 03/11/21

Environment Agency Press Release: 03/11/2021

  • Construction works took six months to complete with all public footpaths now re-open
  • Environment Agency thanks the public for their co-operation while these works were undertaken
  • Work continues elsewhere in the town on the £76million Flood Risk Management Scheme
  • Public urged to remain vigilant ahead of winter by signing up to receive flood alerts and warnings.

Construction works as part of the £76million Flood Risk Management Scheme on Natland Road and at Romney Gardens in Kendal are now complete.

Following six months of works at Romney Gardens, a new 600mm flood wall has been built. The flood wall has been finished with imprinted brick to blend into the local style and now provides increased flood protection to properties nearby.

Natland Road has seen a similar development with a new flood wall having been built along the riverside footpath. The flood wall varies in height from 300mm – 500mm and is finished in imprinted stone.

Contractors from VolkerStevin have also undertaken landscaping and tree planting. Over 1900 ornamental shrubs and plants and 7 new trees have been planted. The mixture of species will bring a diverse habitat for insects and provide extensive foraging for birds and other wildlife. It will also be an area the community and visitors can enjoy.

Stewart Mounsey, Flood Risk Manager for Cumbria said;
“Our thanks once again goes to residents and businesses for their patience whilst we carry out these essential works as part of the overall flood scheme. Our teams are working hard to make sure any work and disruption is kept to a minimum.

“Once completed the £76 million flood scheme will better protect homes and businesses from flooding in the Kent Catchment, and improve the local environment and community amenities.

“With some smart planning we were able to deliver this part of the scheme without removing any riverside trees. We have made a commitment to the people of Kendal to improve the river corridor in the town with extensive tree planting throughout.”

Despite our efforts, we cannot prevent all flooding. It’s vital everyone knows the threat to them and how to keep loved ones, property and possession safe.