Design work will soon begin on a flood alleviation scheme for the villages of Hatton, Scropton and Egginton in South Derbyshire.
The £7million scheme is being developed by the Environment Agency with a significant financial contribution from Nestle. The scheme has attracted excellent local support and Nestles contribution has been bolstered by other contributions from Industry the community and local landowners.
Paul Grimwood, Nestlé UK CEO & Chairman said: “Nestlé is delighted to offer its support to the River Dove Flood Defence Scheme by making a £1.65m contribution to the project.
“As a major UK manufacturer we always seek to invest in the communities in which we operate. Having been in Tutbury since 1901 we know how important it is not only to our factory but the wider South Derbyshire community to ensure properties are protected from the threat of flooding in the future.
“As well as financial support we have also committed specialist consultancy advice and space on Nestlé owned land for contractors to use as this exciting project develops.”
The scheme will offer protection to about 2,000 properties and businesses in the area. It will involve raising existing walls, embankments and roads to increase the level of protection to the villages.
We will also work with landowners to improve the environment by creating new habitats.
John Buckingham, Flood Risk Manager, said: “We’re delighted with the support we’ve received from Nestle and the wider community. This will enable us to increase the level of protection these villages have to reduce the risk of flooding.
“We have consulted widely on our plans, and will now start working on the detailed design, with the aim of starting construction in Summer 2012.”
People with homes or businesses at risk of flooding can find out how to prepare, or register for our free flood warning service, by visiting http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/113798 or call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
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Notes to Editors
More information about the proposals can be found at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/113798