Work is progressing well on a scheme being carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency to provide improved protection from flooding for residents and businesses in the Staffordshire town of Rugeley.
When complete, the Rugeley flood risk management scheme will help reduce risk to more than 114 residential and 157 commercial properties. The scheme also forms an integral part of the local council’s plans to regenerate parts of the town centre.
The proposal includes constructing an embankment on Hagley playing fields to hold water from Rising Brook during a flood.
As the aerial photo (above) shows, the inlet structures are now complete, earthworks have commenced and cut off piling is virtually complete.
The scheme is expected to lead to the development of homes and businesses and 330 new or safeguarded jobs.
Speaking at the time the works commenced in September 2016, Councillor Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council, described the scheme as “vital for Rugeley’s future regeneration and growth”.
Under the terms of the contract awarded by the Environment Agency, TVO is required to mitigate against harm to the White Clawed Crayfish inhabiting Rising Brook where the works are taking place.
As a result, in March 2017, more than 250 crayfish, many carrying babies, were removed from the area (see pic opposite).
03 May 2017