EU funding sought to address St Austell flood issues
South West Water's (SWW) investment to address flooding issues at the Brooks Corner area of Par, Cornwall, is being included in a submission to the EU for an Environment Agency (EA) and Cornwall Council-led £20M flood alleviation and regeneration scheme around St Austell Bay. SWW's inclusion has been at the request of the EA and community representatives
However, SWW has stressed it will deliver its "investment at the earliest opportunity to address the flooding issues at Brooks Corner for which it is responsible", should the submission falter or fail.
Part of the St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration scheme involves developing an integrated urban drainage solution to reduce the risk of flooding in and around Brooks Corner, which is prone to various sources of flooding from a number of different assets, including highway drains (Cornwall Council), watercourses and a pumping station (Environment Agency) and combined sewers (South West Water).
Brooks Corner is situated in a low lying area of Par, sandwiched between tidal activity at the mouth of the River Par and a hill with lots of surface water run-off during heavy rainfall with limited means of dispersion.
In a statement, SWW said: "To deliver the most effective flood alleviation solution for the wider community and to stand the best chance of securing the necessary funding, a multi-agency approach has been agreed. Some of the required funding has been identified and the balance is sought from the European Union. An initial application will be submitted by 25 September 2015 to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership before a more detailed application can go forwards to the European Union in February 2016."
The company has, in the meantime, repeated its offer to install effective protection from internal sewer flooding to the one remaining property in Brooks Corner that does not currently have the protection provided to neighbouring properties.
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