Like many other villages in the area Wrington experienced severe flooding in what was called the ‘Great Flood of 1968’. This was in July 1968 when there was widespread damage in Bristol and Somerset. At that time the open stream ran right through the village, with The Glebe development site then a field and with a pond close to what is now the old surgery. Of course, houses have since been built in the village and the open stream has been culverted to run under what are now gardens, the result being that under certain conditions surface water arriving in the village cannot drain away quickly enough. In fact, flooding has occurred on several occasions in recent years and this has finally resulted in NSC and the Environment Agency working together to develop a flood relief scheme. As mentioned on the Emergency Planning page, this scheme will focus on a flood water holding or storage area to be constructed on land to the east of the village and a larger culvert between The Glebe and Garstons Orchard.
More generally, NSC has consulted on a proposed district-wide Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. The Council’s response to this consultation is available here.
The estimated cost of the scheme is £750,000 and funding was sought from a number of partners. In addition to the £100,000 from North Somerset Council and the £32,000 developer funding agreed with the parish council, a further £80,000 has been secured from the Wessex Regional Flood & Coastal Committee, and £150,000 from Wessex Water. The remaining £388,000 is from DEFRA’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid.
In addition to the two essential features, it has been identified that there will still be a residual risk of flooding for some properties. The funding for the scheme will allow for individual property protection to be provided to those properties that will benefit the most. Individual property protection typically comprises door boards, self-sealing air brick covers and one-way valves fitted to the foul drains leaving the property.
Project Status & Updates
Installation of the new culvert linking The Glebe with the open stream by Garstons Orchard is now complete. Work on the next and crucial phase, a surface water retention facility on land to the east of the village, will start on Monday 2 July. For further information see NSC’s press release.
Further information will be posted on the website when it becomes available.