Bradford on Avon plan to bolster flood defences

Mayor John Potter shows the town's flood defences to High Sheriff William Wyldbore-Smith

Mayor John Potter shows the town's flood defences to High Sheriff William Wyldbore-Smith

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Bradford on Avon Mayor John Potter is pushing forward with plans to protect the town from flooding.

Flood defences supplied by Bristol City Council were installed in the Bull Pit and Westbury Gardens last week as river levels rapidly rose.

Despite a week of a wet weather the defences protected the town, but a fire crew from Bradford on Avon spent three hours on Friday pumping water from the Bull Pit where water had seeped under the barriers because of the uneven surface.

Mr Potter said: “The Environment Agency, fire and police have all worked well in a team. They have done the best they can.

“We would like to have the barriers here in the town, perhaps at the fire station so we can have them up in no time at all when there is a flood risk.

“We are joining in with the Wiltshire Flood Team and meeting in March to begin to talk to engineers and see how it can be funded.”

Mr Potter showed the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, William Wyldbore-Smith, and his wife Prisca around the town on Monday to see the damage the Christmas Eve floods caused to businesses.

C S Bowyer funeral directors in the Bull Pit has received its drying out certificate and can now start with refurbishment work.

Landlord Chris Bowyer said: “It (the defences) will give reassurance and make people feel more comfortable. We have coped before and we will cope again.”

The Swan Hotel has continued to be affected, with floodwater rising through the drains, causing the Cellar Bar and Coach House to stay closed.

Owner James Sullivan-Tailyour said: “I think that given what’s happened in the past, I am very excited that things are moving ahead.”

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2:28pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Tanglefoot1 says...

Get a bulldozer in and knock the bridge down and build a decent one,so the water will flow easier.
Get a bulldozer in and knock the bridge down and build a decent one,so the water will flow easier. Tanglefoot1
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6:26pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Darned_peasants says...

Keep the bridge, we need some of the blue rinse getting rid of !
Keep the bridge, we need some of the blue rinse getting rid of ! Darned_peasants
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10:03am Sun 16 Feb 14

beetawix says...

Darned_peasants wrote:
Keep the bridge, we need some of the blue rinse getting rid of !
Are you advocating a simple restriction on the use of blue rinse or some kind of extermination of blue rinse users?
Where is your evidence that a reduction in blue rinse would bolster flood defence. I would also like to see some comparisons with blue rinse usage in other towns flooded or non-flooded.
[quote][p][bold]Darned_peasants[/bold] wrote: Keep the bridge, we need some of the blue rinse getting rid of ![/p][/quote]Are you advocating a simple restriction on the use of blue rinse or some kind of extermination of blue rinse users? Where is your evidence that a reduction in blue rinse would bolster flood defence. I would also like to see some comparisons with blue rinse usage in other towns flooded or non-flooded. beetawix
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