Culvert replacement protects Bideford homes

Moreton Park Road culvert

Posted on: 2 November 2018

Around 25 homes in Bideford now have greater protection from the risk of flooding following the replacement of a collapsed culvert.

The culvert in Moreton Park Road had been deteriorating over a number of years, resulting in its collapse around 18 months ago.

More than 75 metres of the damaged culvert, which runs under several private gardens, had to be replaced after causing a sinkhole which posed a flood risk to nearby properties.

The installation of the culvert was extremely complex due to the structure being so close to a number of homes, but it was completed on schedule.

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for flood prevention, said: “The responsibility for this work rests with the landowners next to the watercourse, however the collapse of the culvert had put a number of other properties at risk of flooding. The residents along the line of the culvert would’ve faced a significant bill if the County Council hadn’t stepped in, but it was right that we acted on behalf of the residents for the good of the area.”

Councillor Tony Inch

Councillor Tony Inch, County Councillor for Bideford West and Hartland, said: “I would like to add my thanks to Devon County Council, DEFRA, the insurers, and the contractors for working together for the benefit of the community in the Moreton Park area. I know that I speak for all residents in saying how pleased they are – this now takes a lot of worry off their shoulders when we have any heavy rain.”

The work, which was carried out by contractor Bridge Civil Engineering Ltd, was funded by DEFRA Flood Defence Grant in Aid, Devon County Council and a contribution from an insurer of one of the affected properties.

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