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Salcombe flood alleviation scheme

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Salcombe
Work on a £1.5million flood alleviation scheme in Salcombe has finished in time for the summer holidays.

South West Water and its H5O partners have been upgrading the sewerage network in the resort since November 2015.

The project included laying over 2,000 metres of new surface water drains, with 40 new chambers constructed and 80 highways gullies connected.

Also during the scheme:

  • 418 metres of new foul sewer were laid
  • Over 3,500 tonnes of spoil were removed
  • 2,946 tonnes of stone were backfilled
  • 445 cubic metres of concrete were used
  • Over 2.5km of road surfacing material laid
  • Approximately 15,930 man hours were worked.

Work took place in Cliff Road, Robinson's Row, Whitestrand car park, Fore Street, Bonaventure Road, Allenhayes Lane, Greenville Road, Raleigh Road, Kingsale Road, Camperdown Road, Allenhayes Road, Loring Road,  Acland Road and Herbert Road as well as Courtenay Park, requiring 15 road closures over the eight months.

A dedicated customer liaison officer kept local businesses, residents, South Hams District Council and Sarah Wollaston MP informed throughout the scheme with regular updates also posted on the South West Water website.

Project Manager Andy Young said: "We have successfully removed large volumes of surface water from the foul sewerage network, which will alleviate flooding to roads and properties during heavy rain.

"Surface water from the Fore Street area now discharges to the sea from a new surface water outfall at Whitestrand Quay, which will ease the pressure on the network.

"Unfortunately we have been unable to construct a second planned surface water outfall at Clifton Place due to the depth of the existing pipe and its proximity to listed buildings. Further investigations are required followed by a design review in order to develop a proposal and programme to undertake the work this coming winter. We will also need to return to Herbert Road to connect some additional highway gullies.

"This has been an extremely challenging engineering project and we'd like to thank the people of Salcombe for their patience and understanding during the work."

When the details and planned duration are known for the additional work on Clifton Place and Herbert Road discussions will be held with the relevant businesses, residents and council to determine the most appropriate time to undertake the work.

Last updated: 25 July 2016




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