Coton flood management scheme opens in Staffordshire

Official opening of flood scheme Residents and pupils from Thomas Barnes Primary School attended the official opening of the scheme

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A new £2.5m flood management scheme has been opened in Staffordshire.

The Coton Flood Risk Management Scheme, near Tamworth, is the first completed section of the wider Lower Tame Flood Risk Management Scheme.

It includes new flood embankments to the north of Coton Lane and new flood walls along Lichfield Road.

Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher, who opened the scheme, said it would be a "great relief" to the people of Hopwas and Coton Green after recent flooding.

Construction work on the scheme, which began in October, also includes new walls around the Fox Inn roundabout and improvements to the culvert in Coton Lane and the Severn Trent Water surface water drainage chamber on Lichfield Road.

The remaining sections of the Lower Tame scheme include works in Fazeley, Kingsbury and Whitacre Heath. The total cost of construction for the project is £11m.

It is due to be completed by spring of next year.

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