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Flood defence plan for Burnley homes
A SCHEME aiming to protect more than 700 Burnley properties from floods has been announced.
The Environment Agency is asking for consent to build a man-made river embankment in the Fulledge Recreation Ground.
The proposed embankment, which would be around three feet in height, would stretch from the south-east end of Mitella Street, around the children’s play area, and then tie into the higher ground at the end of Olympia Street near Thursfield Road.
Once in place it would protect homes and businesses from flooding from the nearby River Calder.
Gary Hilton from the Environment Agency said: “The extended period of rainfall we have been experiencing this summer highlights the devastating con-sequences of flooding.
“Fulledge escaped the worst of it, but our proposed flood defences at the Fulledge Recreation Ground and improvements to the Unity College spillway would reduce the risk of flooding from the River Calder to around 730 properties.
“Before submitting our planning application, we spoke to residents, who were in favour of the plans.”
As well as constructing the proposed embankment, the Environment Agency is also proposing improvements to the existing flood storage basin at Unity College.
The basin’s capacity would be increased to hold increased amounts of flood water up-stream from residential areas after heavy rainfall.
Mr Hilton added: “The proposed embankment would be finished in the same shallow, grassy slopes as the existing embankment at the recreation ground to ensure it fits in with the local landscape and we would provide pedestrian ramps to ensure access is maintained.
“Similarly, we would maintain existing pathways at Unity College.”
If the plans are approved, construction is planned before the end of the year.
Councillor Tony Harrison, who represents the Brunshaw ward, said flooding in the area had been a “real nuisance” for the residents close to the river.
He added: “It’s welcome news that the problems are being addressed as periodic flooding has happened in this area for several years.”