Flood defences will protect 160 homes in Axminster

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:07 11 October 2016

Picture:  Darren Chester

Picture: Darren Chester


Work has begun on phase two of Axminster’s £540,000 Millbrook Flood Defence Scheme to protect 160 homes.

The preliminary work includes channel widening downstream of the railway and the installation of a ‘tree-catcher’ debris grill upstream of the culvert beneath Willhaye Lane.

The second phase of Devon County Council’s (DCC) scheme involves extending and increasing the capacity of the existing Willhaye Lane culvert to allow greater flows to be conveyed to the main River Axe.

These works have been designed to link up with the existing Network Rail culverts and channel improvements further downstream.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC cabinet member for flood prevention, said: “This scheme is part of our Flood Risk Management Action Plan, which aims to reduce flood risk to our communities across the county. It will build on the successful installation of the phase one flood defence wall that was completed by the county council in April 2015. The scheme will provide flood relief to over 160 properties identified as being at risk from a 1 in 100 year storm event.”

DCC has been working closely on the scheme with East Devon District Council (EDDC), Network Rail and the Environment Agency. Partnership funding for the works has been achieved through £240,000 Flood Defence Grant in Aid, £50,000 Local Levy, £50,000 from EDDC and over £200,000 from DCC including investigations and design.

Axminster county councillor Andrew Moulding said: “The devastation caused in 2012 meant some residents had to move out of their homes for six months or more and left many others fearing it could happen again. This is a good example of partnership working between the various authorities and organisations involved in reducing flood risk, and I’m very pleased to see the second phase of the project under way.”

Work on the main elements of the scheme will start in October and it is expected to last six months.

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