Axminster’s vital flood relief scheme progressing well

Millbrook culvert

Posted on: 5 July 2017

Work is progressing well on a scheme to provide vital flood protection to over 160 homes in Axminster.

The Devon County Council scheme in Willhay Lane is now half way through its six month programme and is currently on schedule to be completed in September.

The Millbrook culvert is being widened and realigned to improve its capacity and flow of water, and a new structure is being constructed to fully enclose part of the flood prone channel.

More than 90 sheet piles have been installed along the alignment of the new culvert, and the ground between the piles has been excavated.

The Millbrook is mainly an open channel, but passes beneath a number of roads and a shallow culvert to pass beneath the Exeter to Waterloo rail line. Water from Millbrook has been temporarily diverted beneath the culvert works, to provide a dry working environment. Once construction of the culvert side walls has been completed water will be channelled back through the site.

Cllr Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for flooding, said: “This is a challenging scheme; the site is quite restricted as the culvert runs close to two homes, and connects to the existing culvert under the rail line which has required a number of clearances from Network Rail. Unfortunately, due to the construction involved, inconvenience is unavoidable. We appreciate the continued patience from local residents whose flood risk will be greatly reduced when this scheme is complete.”

Cllr Ian Hall

Councillor Ian Hall, Devon County Councillor for Axminster, said: “This area to the north of Axminster has historically suffered from flooding, especially the flooding in 2012 when the flooding was absolutely horrendous. Thank you to all of those who have made these improvements possible. This scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to around 160 homes by removing the bottleneck where the Millbrook approaches Willhay Lane and the rail culvert.”

Willhay Lane needs to remain closed until the works are complete. Work is being carried out by contractor South West Highways.

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