Wiltshire

Swindon flood prevention works to start

Preparation work to reduce the risk of flooding to 118 properties in Swindon is due to start this week.

Shrubs and vegetation will first be cleared from the area in Haydon Wick, with construction of flood defences expected to start in the summer.

The scheme, which still needs to secure planning permission and funding, will take 10 months to complete.

More than 50 properties, roads and an electric sub-station were affected by major flooding in the summer of 2007.

The scheme, led by the Environment Agency with support from Swindon Borough Council and Thames Water, aims to reduce the risk of flooding from the Haydon Wick Brook.

David McKnight, a flood specialist at the Environment Agency, said: "This initial vegetation clearance needs to be done so that we can start the construction of the scheme in the summer with the minimum impact on local bird life.

"During the construction phase we will maximise opportunities to reinstate and enhance the local environment with planting and habitat creation."

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