£2 million work begins on Brislington flood defence

Tuesday February 4th, 2020

Repairing channel walls and making a maintenance platform and track will make big differences to reducing flood risk to more than 100 properties in Bristol.

A flood defence which protects more than 100 properties in Bristol is getting improved to the tune of £2 million.

Built by Bristol City Council between 1964 and 1978, the Brislington flood defence scheme is about 40 years old and walls of the channel are in need of repair. If the wall collapses, the channel could become blocked.

There is also a metal screen which stops trash and other debris from blocking a flood relief tunnel. Despite regular clearing, the screen can become blocked during heavy rain. Adding a platform will allow Environment Agency staff to clear the screen safely during these times.

Getting to the screen can also be challenging. Creating a new access track through Nightingale Valley, routed to reduce the need for tree felling, will avoid the need for disruptive work at the current access point at St Anne’s Terrace. Ten small ash and sycamore trees will need to be removed. The council will plant 33 trees which will more than mitigate the loss.
Works began 29 January and will end in the autumn.

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