Roath flood scheme takes a step forward

People at risk of flooding in the Roath area of Cardiff are invited to attend a public drop in session to find out more about progress on a new flood scheme for the area.

Following a study of the area last year, Natural Resources Wales found that approximately 440 homes and businesses are at risk of flooding and could benefit from a scheme.

After securing funding from Welsh Government, the organisation is now moving forward with plans to design a flood scheme, and would like to gather the views of the community before progressing any further.

Tim England, from Natural Resources Wales said:

“Our assessment found that the impact of a significant flood on this area would be very severe, affecting up to 440 homes and businesses, and impacting on the local economy – so a new flood defence scheme will be a great benefit for local people.

“As we develop our plans, we’ll be consulting widely with professional partners and local people at risk of flooding.

"We recognise the sensitivity and value of the parks and conservation areas so would also be keen to speak with those with an interest in the parks.

“At the drop in session, people will be able to find out more about their flood risk, the next steps for the design process, give opinions and ask questions to our flood specialists.”

Initial plans include making flood defence improvements between Pen-y-lan Road and the confluence of the Roath Brook and River Rhymney near the Morrisons supermarket.

These improvements may include works to the river channel itself, flood embankments or walls and works to road bridges to increase the capacity of the river during periods of heavy rainfall or high tide.

As part of the project, the organisation will also be looking to explore opportunities to improve public facilities within the area for local people and improve the environment to support local wildlife.

People can find out more about the area’s flood risk, the need for flood defences and the next steps for the design programme at:

St Peters RFC, Minster Road, CF23 5AS between 14:00 and 18:30 on 15 May 2014.

In the short term, Natural Resources Wales needs to assess the ground conditions at Roath Brook Gardens, Roath Mill Gardens, Waterloo Railways Gardens and Colchester Avenue.

To do this, contractors will begin work later this month to take soil samples using boreholes over a period of three – four weeks. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption during these works.

Once a final scheme design has been agreed, the next step will be to secure planning permission from the local authority.

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