Thatcham Flood Defence Plan Gains £4M Grant
12 April 2016
West Berkshire Council has been won a Government grant of £4 million for flood defence work in Thatcham .
The grant was approved by the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and the Environment Agency .
The cash has been allocated as part of the Government’s six-year flood and coastal erosion risk management capital funding.
It will allow West Berkshire Council to complete all the flood defence reservoirs originally proposed as part of the surface water management plan for Thatcham.
The remaining reservoirs at Dunstan Park and south east Thatcham will be completed in 2017 and 2018 respectively, eleven years on from the storm that devastated Thatcham in July 2007.
These projects are in addition to the £1.2 million scheme at Tull Way in Thatcham and the flood attenuation pond at Cold Ash Hill that was completed in 2014.
Garth Simpson, West Berkshire council’s executive member for highways and transport, said: “This is great news. I’m delighted that we have been given the funding to provide comprehensive flood protection for Thatcham.
“We have already completed the Cold Ash Scheme and are on track with Tull Way.
“This cash will now enable us to complete the major elements of the flood protection programme for Thatcham.”
He added: “The impressive effort made by the Thatcham Flood Forum and local partner organisations to raise around £122,000 has been a vital element in receiving the grant.
“This contribution undoubtedly strengthened West Berkshire Council’s application for the government funding through the Environment Agency.”
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