Work starts at two new locations on multi-million-pound Kendal flood scheme

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Kendal flood scheme

The Environment Agency and contractors VolkerStevin have completed work at Busher Walk and Benson and Sandes, creating embankments and flood walls as part of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme and will start new works in the northeast of Kendal

Construction work at Busher Walk, and Benson and Sandes have now been completed on a section of earth embankment and flood walls which will provide improved protection for residents. The Kendal flood scheme protections are in response to the floods of 2015, where over 3000 properties were affected by Storm Desmond.

Minor works remain and are scheduled to be completed shortly, and the riverside footpath has been re-opened following the construction of new flood defences.

In the Beezon Field Nature Area, earthworks to shape the landscape features and construction of pathways has also been completed. The area will be planted over winter, ready for re-opening to the public in 2023.

The new locations will include flood walls with glass panels to preserve riverside views

Meanwhile, Environment Agency and contractors VolkerStevin are preparing two locations, Sand Aire House and Stramongate Bridge to Gooseholme Park for construction of the town’s vital flood defences as the next phase of the Kendal flood scheme.

Works will begin to build a flood wall from The Bridge Inn to the new Gooseholme Footbridge better protecting homes and businesses along Lambrigg Terrace, Melrose Place and Sand Aire House.

Construction will also start on a new flood wall running from Stramongate Bridge to Gooseholme Park. The flood wall will be topped with glass panels to ensure that riverside views are retained.

“Protect local homes and businesses from the devastating effects of flooding”

Keith Roddy, Environment Agency project manager said:

“Over the next few weeks further construction works will begin in Kendal to better protect local homes and businesses from the devastating effects of flooding.”

“We appreciate that the works being undertaken will impact on local people and we will do our very best to keep this to a minimum. We will continue to keep the local community updated as the works progress.”

“The Kendal flood Information Hub is now open every Tuesday and Thursday on Little Aynam where the community are welcome to drop in between 10am till 4:30pm to find out more about the flood scheme and ask any questions.”

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