Community meeting held for Coldbrook flood risk management scheme
27 October 2014
An exhibition and public meeting was held on 22 October 2014 to update the local community of progress on the Coldbrook Catchment Flood Risk Management Scheme.
The event was attended by several residents directly affected by flooding in 2007 as well as those likely to be impacted by the proposed works. The meeting was chaired by Cllr Curtis with a panel of representatives from the Vale of Glamorgan Council, including Miles Punter, Director of Visible Services and Housing, and the project engineers.
Cllr Curtis opened the meeting with a stark reminder of the flooding he witnessed first-hand in 2007, which affected over 100 houses and 4 schools. The latest scheme design was then presented followed by a question and answer session. Local residents raised various issues regarding the design, impact and timing of the works which were addressed by the panel. Once a main contractor is appointed a programme of works will be published and updated via the scheme website. Residents directly affected by the works will be consulted individually to discuss arrangements on a case-by-case basis.
Concerns were raised over continued access to the Dyfan Road public open space and loss of trees due to the construction works in this area. The Council has considered this and will liaise closely with local residents over the future management of the area. Although trees cannot be replanted within the new storage area the Council will plant trees at nearby sites to help mitigate the environmental impact of the works.
Cllr Curtis says, "Having seen the devastating effect of the flooding on local residents and schools in 2007 I am fully committed to delivering this vital flood alleviation scheme. The redesigned scheme will afford an even higher level of protection following rigorous testing and independent checks. Although the loss of trees in the Dyfan Road public open space is regrettable it is also fully justified in the interests of protecting the wider community from flooding."
For further information and updates on the scheme go to www.coldbrookflood.co.uk.