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£1m scheme set to reduce flood risks


By Rachel Armitage


A million pound upgrade to a Southwell village's drainage system could help resolve flooding issues.

Severn Trent outlined plans for a £1m upgrade to Farnsfield sewerage system to residents on Thursday, which will aim to prevent homes in the village from being flooded with foul water.

Farnsfield has several areas which poses a medium flooding risk, including Blidworth Road, Churchside and Nairn Lane.

Farnsfield resident, George Rhodes talks with Robert Ward of Seven Trent Water during a public consultation event regarding a upgrade to road drainage in the area. 240719TV2-2. (14272092)
Farnsfield resident, George Rhodes talks with Robert Ward of Seven Trent Water during a public consultation event regarding a upgrade to road drainage in the area. 240719TV2-2. (14272092)

A Severn Trent spokesman said: "We’re planning to make improvements to our sewer system that will help prevent sewer flooding for customers in the Farnsfield area as we make improvements on Mansfield and Bildworth Road.

"We’ll be installing a large underground storage tank which will help to take more waste water away, and reduce the risk of flooding, as well as making improvements to the existing sewer pipes.

"We will be installing additional gullies and a laying a new sewer pipe on Blidworth Road, in partnership Nottinghamshire County Council, and also upgrading sections of the existing sewer pipe on Main Street.

"We’re sorry in advance for any inconvenience, but we really hope everyone will appreciate the huge difference this will make and see the long-term benefits once the work is complete."

Work will commence on August 19 on Main Street and Farnsfield Green, near The Lion pub, and will be ongoing for 23 weeks​.

Farnsfield ward member for Newark and Sherwood District Council, Mr Bruce Laughton, said: "We're over the moon that Severn Trent are going to be spending this amount to solve some of the flooding issues.

"The consultation was very informative, we're really pleased as this will hopefully stop houses from being flooded with foul water when it rains."

To prevent traffic issues, Mr Laughton said that he is in discussion with Nottinghamshire County Council's Highways department to suspend Chapel Lane's one-way system to ease congestion.

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