Investment to stop floods

PUBLISHED: 07:03 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 15 June 2010

AN INVESTMENT of £20,000 could ease a flooding problem in Axminster. Devon County Council has agreed to spend the money to improve the culvert in Victoria Place.

AN INVESTMENT of £20,000 could ease a flooding problem in Axminster.Devon County Council has agreed to spend the money to improve the culvert in Victoria Place.The money is part of a £173,000 investment for highway drainage across East Devon.Other areas included £8,000 at Shore Bottom, Stockland, to replace the existing culvert, £10,000 for a similar project between Yarcombe and Pithayne, and £37,000 to improve the existing ford to provide all-weather access to the property beyond, in Northampton Lane, Cotleigh.In a report that went before the East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee on Monday, March 31, it was said the work would ease existing problems.It said: "This major injection of funds has provided an opportunity to resolve a number of long standing problems which are being exacerbated by changes in weather patterns."It also said the investment would lessen the risk of DCC being found liable for damages caused by flooding if it exercised its powers under the Highways Act 1980 in a rational manner.Committee members also added plans for work near the Otter Inn, in Weston, and on the B3181 at Hay House, Broadclyst but this would be subject to funding becoming available.

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