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£55k flood prevention works to support local businesses in Arnold start this week

Date Posted: 9:57 AM on Fri, 16 April 2021

The works will help prevent damage caused by heavy rain flash flooding.

Gedling Borough Council is carrying out £55,000 worth of new flood prevention works in two council owned car parks to help prevent flash flooding causing damage to local businesses nearby on Front Street in Arnold Town Centre. In March Councillors approved a specific budget for flood alleviation works across the borough.

Works started this week in the car park outside Arnold Leisure Centre. Similar works are also planned to begin next week at Blatherwick’s Yard Car Park, near Front Street.

Around 20 businesses will directly benefit from the improvements. The works are being carried out by Alliance Contracting, who are installing drainage pipes with slow release outlets, these new drains store run off water from heavy rainfall and slowly release it back into the main drainage systems, reducing risk of damage caused by flash flooding or preventing it all together.

The improvements are expected to be completed over the next two to three weeks and fencing has been put in place while the works are carried out,  meaning some car parking spaces will be out of use during this time.

Mel Cryer, Head of Environment at Gedling Borough Council said;

“These works will make a big difference to properties in Arnold Town Centre, whilst we can’t control the weather, we can help minimise the risk of damage it can cause. These new measures will provide better drainage, preventing the risk of flash flooding in the future.

We want our highstreets and local businesses to be at the heart of our communities, and by improving the safety of the areas they work in, these businesses can spend more time doing what they do best, without the worry of flash flooding affecting them.”