Flood improvement schemes approved for Ivybridge and Uplyme

Devon County Council’s Cabinet has approved flood improvement schemes for two local communities.

Schemes in Ivybridge and Uplyme, which are expected to need more than £500,000 of investment, will provide improved protection up to the one in 100 year flood event. Business cases are being prepared for the schemes and they will be submitted to the Environment Agency to bid for £180,000 from Defra Flood Defence Grant in Aid and £60,000 from Local Levy.

The current risk of flooding in both locations is from around a one in two year flood event, and both communities have suffered repeat flooding in recent years. They remain at high risk of future flood events during periods of heavy rainfall unless protection is improved.

Properties in Claymans Pathway and Slipperstone Drive in Ivybridge are prone to flooding when the capacity of surface water drainage systems in the area is exceeded. More than 25 properties in Ivybridge will benefit from a £300,000 scheme which will increase the capacity of a culvert running from Stibbs Lane and discharge flood water into an open watercourse.

A review of the drainage systems in Uplyme has highlighted restrictions and inadequate capacities which create a risk of flooding from a one in two year flood event. Over 14 properties were reported to have been flooded internally during 2012, some on multiple occasions.

The Uplyme Flood Improvement Scheme, estimated at a cost of over £226,000, will include the installation of a new culvert through Uplyme village hall car park, an overflow culvert running next to the main culvert under the B3165 Lyme Road as well as a flood relief culvert under Pound Lane and other minor improvements.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for flood risk management and local member for Ivybridge, said: "These are essential flood improvements as there is still a very real flood risk in Ivybridge and Uplyme which could impact on properties and businesses. The investment in these schemes will improve the level of protection and reduce the risk of flooding to both communities.”

Councillor Ian Hall, Devon County Councillor for Axminster, said: “This scheme will be welcomed by people living in Uplyme who will benefit from the improvements. It can often be challenging to deliver affordable schemes for smaller communities but these improvements provide value-for-money solutions for both Uplyme and Ivybridge.”

The design work for the schemes has been carried out in liaison with South Hams and East Devon District Councils, Uplyme Parish Council and landowners. Subject to successful applications for funding, it is hoped that work will start on both schemes later this spring.