£6m for flood projects

A SERIES of projects to help protect homes and businesses near the River Frome from flooding has won £6 million in government funding.

South Gloucestershire Council has been working with neighbouring Bristol City Council, Wessex Water and the Environment Agency on the programme, now known as Resilient Frome.

There are six different areas where work will be carried out over the next five years to help better protect areas at risk of flooding and ensure any new building projects on ‘brownfield’ regeneration sites are safe.

Some of the projects are upstream nearer where the river rises near Chipping Sodbury. They include creating new ‘storage’ ponds and woody dams to hold back flood water.

Near the mouth of the river at Bristol’s Floating Harbour there will be ‘flow monitors’ to help understand when there is a flood risk, with a regeneration project called Frome gateway near St Paul’s.

Work to minimise flood risks on developments on all parts of the river – which flows between Downend and Frenchay before heading to Oldbury Court and Eastville Park before heading underground after passing under the M32 – will also be carried out.