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Preston and South Ribble Coronavirus Update

Important update from the Environment Agency regarding coronavirus (April 2021)

“Although we are in a difficult time, we are committed and are actively progressing the delivery of the Flood Risk Management Scheme to better protect residential and business properties from flooding in the Preston & South Ribble catchment. We have continued with scheme design throughout the current situation and are pleased to announce that the scheme planning stages are on track despite COVID-19 restrictions.”

Please note due to coronavirus, the Environment Agency have put on hold any public events such as community drop-in sessions until further notice. In the meantime, they will continue to provide key updates on the scheme via this page and via their public engagement platform.

Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Scheme

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Introduction

The Environment Agency (EA), Lancashire County Council and partners are working together to develop the Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Scheme (PSR FRMS). This scheme will provide flood risk mitigation for communities from Preston Riversway up towards the M6 and Higher Walton.

The proposed scheme will better protect around 4,800 residential properties as well as over 350 businesses. There are currently some flood defences already in place, but these were mostly built between the 1920s to the 1980s and are coming to the end of their life.

The FRMS is split into 5 areas of development: Area 1 (Riversway and Broadgate), Area 2 (Lower Penwortham), Area 3 (Frenchwood and Walton-le-Dale along River Ribble), Area 4 (Walton-le-Dale along River Darwen) and Area 5 (Higher Walton).

Area 1 and 2 comprise the 1st phase of development and following feedback from the community, the EA have established a preferred option. The scheme will comprise of defences made up of flood walls with localised use of glass panels and embankments. The new defences will consider climate change and include environmental enhancements and mitigation. There will also be a focus on growth, regeneration and natural flood risk management where possible.

Currently the scheme for Areas 1 and 2 has acquired conditional permission by the Planning Authorities and construction is to commence in Autumn 2021 subject to closing of all conditions. The scheme for Areas 3, 4 and 5 is currently in the design development phase.

 

Penwortham Bridge over the River Ribble, Preston