Sunday, March 16, 2014

Walking the brook: new flood catchment project and collapsing bridge

Friday lunchtime in the sun saw some of us walk up from Puckshole - we've had a couple of meetings recently looking at further actions re biodiversity, the on-going challenges of Severn Trent's work and news the great news that a post has been created to look at the Frome catchment.

County Cllr, Sarah Lunnon, writes: “For several years I have been working towards a Rural Sustainable Drainage Scheme (RSuDS) in the Frome catchment. The idea is that we keep water higher up in the catchment by encouraging it to soak into the soil. This slows the water down and reduces the risk of flooding downstream. Funding has now been agreed for 3 years. Not all flooding problems are the same, but experts agree that the way to reduce flood risk to low-lying ground is to reduce - not increase - water run-off."

Meanwhile the bridge (left) crossing the brook where there is a huge concrete slab is looking less happy - Jackie Harris from County Council was out to see it with one of our members last week - the water is eroding the concrete away underneath the slab - at some point it will collapse - in many ways this could be a good thing in terms of improving the flow of the brook - but is it dangerous to leave now? No we don't think so at the moment but action maybe desirable now....

So what are the options? Well much more discussion needed and talking to landowners etc.....

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