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Consultation to protect flooding around the Memorial Fields, Thatcham

Thatcham residents, we need your views on our Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Posted by: Communications team on 30 June 2023 15:53
2023-flood warning sign and car driving in the background

West Berkshire Council has been working in partnership with several agencies, local stakeholders, and businesses, to ensure that Thatcham is better protected from possible future flooding following the devastating floods in 2007, where approximately 1,200 homes were flooded.

Over the years, we have been working towards a strategic flood risk management solution for the town, and a number of flood storage schemes have been identified that would protect the area from future surface water flood events.

To date, large flood alleviation schemes have been built at Cold Ash Hill, Tull Way, Floral Way and South East Thatcham, protecting 913 properties from the impact of surface water flooding.

A further 107 properties will be protected from the impact of surface water flooding at Bowling Green Road, Heath Lane and East Thatcham with flood attenuation ponds   due to be completed later this year.  

The aim of the Memorial Fields Scheme is to protect the remaining Thatcham properties which do not currently benefit from the other schemes in the area. Upon completion, a minimum of 73 properties would be at a lower risk of flooding through a 0.85-hectare flood detention basin and a 120m long swale. This will manage the surface water flooding by storing water during extreme storms and releasing it slowly back into the Thames Water surface water sewer.

Cllr Adrian Abbs, Executive Member for Climate Action, Recycling and Biodiversity at West Berkshire Council, said:

"Flooding can cause widespread devastation to communities and infrastructure so it is important we take measures to prevent and prepare for floods now and in the future.

"I would encourage local residents to put across their views via the consultation as the scheme could provide much needed flood protection for the residents of Thatcham."

Your comments are important to us and form part of the public consultation process. For more information and to have your say please visit: https://www.westberks.gov.uk/memorialfields and complete the survey by midnight on Sunday, 6 August 2023. You can also request a paper copy of the survey by emailing: FloodAlleviation@westberks.gov.uk.

Or come along to some face-to-face drop in sessions. You don't need to book, just come along when you can:

Day

Time

Location

Thursday 6 July 2023

2pm - 8pm

Public Exhibition (Memorial Hall, Thatcham)

Friday 7 July 2023

11am - 5pm

Public Exhibition (Memorial Hall, Thatcham)

Friday 4 August 2023

11am - 5pm

Public Exhibition (Memorial Hall, Thatcham)

Saturday 5 August 2023

9am - 5pm

Public Exhibition (Memorial Hall, Thatcham)

Last modified: 05 July 2023 11:29

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