Environment Agency

More details of £25m Carlisle flood project go on show

People in Carlisle are being asked for their thoughts on the next stage of the city's flood risk management scheme.

The Environment Agency has opened an online consultation about the second phase of the £25m project.

Carlisle aerial of flooding
Environment Agency

Phase two is aimed at protecting more than 80 properties and key local infrastructure, including the Sands Centre, and while normally there would be public exhibitions, the coronavirus pandemic means these are not possible..

From Wednesday, work compounds will be put up in the Bitts Park area , ahead of construction starting later in the month.

Work begins on £4.8m flood prevention scheme

Work has begun on a new £4.8m flood scheme in Middlesbrough which should provide improved protection to 485 homes.

The Marton West Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme aims to protect properties in central Middlesbrough against flooding from the beck, sea, and surface water.

The partnership scheme is being delivered by the Environment Agency and Middlesbrough Borough Council, and was initiated by the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

Artist's impression of scheme
Middlesbrough Borough Council

The scheme should be completed by the end of spring 2021, the council said.

Middlesbrough mayor Andy Preston said: "For those worst hit by flooding, the impact can be catastrophic, so providing the best possible protection has long been a key priority.

"This major project will provide a considerable degree of security to a large number of homes, and will stand the town in good stead for the future."

More than 10,000 fish released into river

The Environment Agency has released 10,100 fish into the River Great Ouse.

A total of 10,000 fry – fish that are just a few weeks old – and 100 one-year-old barbell were put into the waterway at Felmersham and Harrold Country Park in Bedfordshire, as well as the River Ivel at Biggleswade, which flows into the Great Ouse just south of the Black Cat roundabout on the A1.

Kye Jerrom with barbel
Environment Agency

Kye Jerrom, Environment Agency fisheries specialist, said: "We restocked in these locations as we know the conditions for young fish are ideal."

Research by the agency has shown that the reduction in barbel on the Ouse was due to poor fry survival rate and reduced spawning success.

Studies had shown that the survival of young barbel was being affected by invasive signal crayfish creating a lack of clean spawning beds due to sediment build up and preying on barbel eggs.

Some of the 10,000 fry being held in the palm of a hand
Environment Agency

The 140 mile (230km)-long river flows from south Northamptonshire through Milton Keynes, Bedford, St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Ely and The Fens before entering The Wash at King's Lynn.

Consultation begins on nuclear power plant permits

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The company seeking to build a new nuclear power station at Sizewell, EDF SZC Co, has submitted applications to the Environment Agency for three permits needed for environmental protection during commissioning, operation and decommissioning of the plant.

The permits cover disposals and discharges of radioactive wastes, operation of standby power supply systems using diesel generators and discharges of cooling water and liquid effluent into the North Sea.

Sizewell C
Environment Agency
Sizewell C would be build next to the existing Sizewell A and B sites on the Suffolk coast

The Environment Agency is seeking feedback from local people on the permits during the consultation period which will run from 6 July 2020 for 12 weeks.

If the agency grants permits conditions to ensure proper protection of people and the environment can be included.

The agency’s nuclear new build project manager, Simon Barlow, said: "These applications represent the culmination of 10 years of pre-application discussions with EDF SZC Co.

"We welcome people’s views on these permit applications and will carefully consider their comments before we progress to the next stage of our decision making process.”