Braunton’s flood defence improvement scheme begins this week, which will reduce the risk of flooding in the village.
Following the floods in the village in 2004, the Environment Agency created a flood defence plan, working in liaison with the parish council.
The vital improvement works will start at Hordens Bridge, the village’s memorial gardens and behind Caen Street Shops on Thursday, November 10. It is planned the work will last six months and finish at the end of April 2012.
The scheme will cost £1.2 million. A quarter of the funding has come from the South West Regional Flood Defence Committee’s local levy and the rest from a grant-in-aid settlement.
The flooding of Caen Street from the river has around a 1 in 20 chance of happening in any one year but the new works will reduce this to a 1 in 100 chance of occurring.
Working with the Agency, Halcrow has designed the scheme and the works are being carried out by Team Van Oord, who will be setting up their compounds from 7 November and construction will be completed by the end of April.
The memorial gardens will be closed to the public while the works are undertaken from Monday November 14 and Hordons Bridge will be closed for up to three months from the middle of November to allow the work to take place.
The overflow section of the Caen Street Car Park, next to the towns’s police station, will be used as a works compound during the period of construction.
There will be information boards at the site in the memorial gardens to show the public how and when the work is being carried out.
There will also be a display of historic photos and the plans for the scheme in Braunton and District Museum on Caen Street.