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      Friday 19, December 2014

      Multi-million pound project planned to safeguard Salford homes

      SALFORD City Council and the Environment Agency have announced a proposal for a new flood basin to be built in the city.


      The scheme comes after Salford fell victim to a number of flooding incidents in the 20th century; many will be able to recall the disaster in the 1940s where Lower Broughton was swamped under three-feet of water.


      The city has been flooded a total of 14 times, the worst coming in 1946 where more than 5000 homes were damaged as a result.


      The basin, which will cost in the region of £12 million, will be built near to the University of Salford’s Castle Irwell Student Village and will protect 1,400 homes and 500 businesses.


      Derek Antrobus, Chair of the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, explained how this is a giant step forward for Salford: “The City Council has demanded for decades that flood protection should be improved for the residents of Kersal and Lower Broughton.


      “We are delighted that the Environment Agency has been able to work with the Council and Salford University in an outstanding example of public sector partnership to reduce the risk to people's lives, homes and workplaces.


      “The scheme will not only offer more protection, but provide better recreation and leisure facilities including a new wetland area for wildlife.”


      Once the basin has been completed, the risk of flooding will be reduced from one in 75 to one in 100, however Mr Antrobus believes the city shouldn’t be complacent.


      “Whatever defences we build, there is always a risk that extreme weather will overwhelm them.


      “That is why it is important for people to make their homes resilient and have a flood plan in place.”


      In addition to the basin, secondary precautions are also set to be put in place. A further plan involving a 37-acre site, which is currently used as playing fields and scrubland, will be excavated in order to build a three metre high embankment.


      The scheme will be funded by the government, with the council contributing £1.5 million towards the work. A planning application is expected to be submitted this month which, if approved, will see the completion of the project by winter 2015.



      By Steven Peach