Funds to tackle flood hot spots

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Additional funding of £10,000 has been set aside to tackle those areas worst affected by flooding.

The funding has been allocated by Essex County Council and Braintree District Council.

It follows earlier improvements which aimed to reduce flooding in high risk areas.

After last year’s severe floods, Essex County Council asked district and borough councils to compile a list of their worst hit areas.

A list of 13 roads have been highlighted for improvements using the funding.

On the list for improvements is Mill Road in Foxearth, where homes are vulnerable to flooding because of a damaged culvert which runs underneath part of the village.

Since 2000, the village has suffered serious flooding and homes remain at risk.

A detailed survey of the drain was carried out using camera footage earlier this year and work to replace the culvert was estimated at £1million.

The area of Leather Lane, North Road and Highfields in Great Yeldham has been earmarked as another flooding hot spot.

The list also includes the A131 in Bulmer, The Street in Gosfield and King Street in Castle Hedingham.

Braintree district councillor Wendy Schmitt, cabinet member for place, said the county council had taken a proactive approach after the damage caused by last year’s floods.

“The district council is working closely with the county council’s highways department to put together improvement plans for 13 sites around the district, with work ranging from gulley cleansing to culvert repair and the creation of new ditches,” she said.

“I am delighted that we have now been able to extend this further with £50,000 set aside by the county council and matched by Braintree District Council.

“This additional funding will allow us to look at improvements to a number of areas, including issues affecting some of the more urban parts of the district.”