Bovey Tracey flood improvement works start

Posted on: 23 January 2017

Work will begin on a scheme to combat flooding on Station Road in Bovey Tracey today. (Monday 23 January)

The scheme, which is jointly funded by the Environment Agency, aims to minimise the depth and duration of flooding on Station Road and reduce the flood risk to surrounding properties by improving the flow path through the car park.

The public toilets will be demolished and ground levels modified to improve drainage and provide a better path for flood waters from Station Road to reach the River Bovey.

Removal of the toilet building will also provide better visibility to the Station Road pedestrian crossing and provide a safer link between the car park and the Stover Trail and Wray Valley Trail.

Temporary toilet facilities will be provided until the new Bovey Tracey community building is built.

There will be two way traffic lights in place to minimise disruption during the works, which are anticipated to last until mid-February.

The scheme is a collaboration between the Environment Agency, Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council and Bovey Tracey Town Council.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Flooding, said:

“It is important that we work together to better protect our communities against the risk of flooding, so I am pleased that work will soon be underway in Bovey Tracey.

“This scheme will tackle the risk of flooding on one of the main routes in and out of the town’s centre, so is vital for both local residents and businesses.

“Although there will be some short-term disruption to traffic while the work is being carried out, I’m sure everyone will agree that the ongoing benefits against the more severe  disruption of flooding makes it worthwhile.”

Steve Moore, advisor for The Environment Agency, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council and Bovey Tracey Town Council to deliver a scheme that will help reduce flooding risks in Station Road.

“This work forms part of our strategy of working in partnership with others to progressively deliver improvements that will reduce the risks of flooding in the town.”

Councillor Jeremy Christophers, Leader of Teignbridge District Council, said:

“It’s great to see this scheme getting underway and I am sure Bovey residents will welcome it.

“The removal of the outdated toilets and the enabling of a better more modern provision elsewhere gives the area a lift. It contributes to the overall enhancement of Station Road and makes it safer for people to enjoy the fantastic Stover and Wray Valley trails.

“There will be a little short term pain with some disruption, but the gains long-term will be worth it.”

Councillor Tony Allen, Town Mayor for Bovey Tracey, said:

“Any work to be done to alleviate the risks of flooding in Station Road is to be welcomed.

“This work is the first to be carried out in preparation for building the new Town Community Centre, while giving the additional benefits of enhancing road safety at the zebra crossing, and completing a missing piece of the Wray Valley Trail through the town.

“There will be some impact on traffic flow during the works, which are expected to be completed by mid-February.”

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