Did you know that there are currently approximately 2,000 properties in Derby that are at risk from flooding?
To address this, we have been working in partnership with the Environment Agency to create a scheme designed to reduce the risk of flooding, while maximising regeneration opportunities and environmental improvements.
As well as safeguarding people and property, the Our City, Our River project is seen as an important mechanism for enhancing the local environment, creating better public access and protecting the biodiversity and heritage assets along the riverside. The ambition is for the scheme to be completed by 2023, subject to securing planning approvals and funding.
Background information about the development of the Our City Our River project can be found here
We recently hosted visitors from Defra and the Environment Agency to take a tour of the Our City Our River project area to see how the work is progressing. They were given a short overview of the project before we headed out into sunny Derby to walk around the Duke Street, Chester Green and City Road areas. They could see the extent of the current construction work taking place and talk with some of the members of the project team. The group were also able to see some of the recent Roman finds that were excavated during the investigations at the Roman fort area in Chester Green including an animal skull and a leather shoe.
We are planning to hold our next public drop in session in October and will be confirming a date and venue shortly. There will be updates on the flood defence construction work taking place and the next stages of work to start. There will also be team members on hand to answer questions about the project. Please contact Cassandra Carruthers on 01332 643488 or email for further information about the public drop in sessions.
We have construction work taking place in several locations in the project area. Please see below for more details:
|Haslam's Lane - a temporary bridge has been installed while the flood defence work is taking place. Gate installation will be taking place and service investigation to prepare for piling work.|
|Etruria Gardens, City Road - concrete, brickwork and glazing work for the new flood defence walls will be continuing this month with construction due to be completed in late 2016.|
|St Mary's Bridge area - the concrete, brickwork and glazing for the new flood defence walls will be continuing this month.|
|Darley Playing Fields - archaeological investigation work around the Chester Green community centre, changing rooms and Derwent House area has been completed. The information gathered from the work will be intepreted and implemented into the final design.|
|Alfreton Road Industrial Estate - existing flood defence walls are being removed and piling has been completed before the next stage of construction on the new flood defences.|
|Duke Street area - piling to start this month in Strutts Park area in preparation for the construction of the new flood defence wall.|
|Sowter Road area - work is starting on services investigations before piling work begins in preparation for the new flood defence wall.|
To find out more about the Our City Our River flood defence project: