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Proposed Flood Risk Management Scheme for the River Irwell at Kearsley

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The River Irwell at Kearsley, Flood Risk Management Scheme (FRMS) aims to reduce the flood risk to over 80 homes from the River Irwell at Kearsley. Key areas include Prestolee and Stoneclough.

The villages of Prestolee and Stoneclough are part of the suburban area of Kearsley, within the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester. Both areas sit on the banks of the River Irwell just downstream of the confluence between the River Irwell and the River Croal.

The Environment Agency (EA) will be working in partnership with Bolton Council to understand how best to manage flood risk, with potential funding contributions coming from The North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) and Department for Education.