Contractors working on a flood alleviation scheme for the village of Hambledon near Portsmouth are making good progress according to Hampshire County Council.
The village was hit by flooding in late 2013, which continued until early 2014 with excess groundwater remaining in place for almost three months.
Following months of discussions with local campaigners and other interested parties the decision was made to lay a pipe down the middle of the village at a cost of £3.89m.
The construction of the alleviation scheme has been closed down for the festive period, but work will resume on Monday 4th January 2016. Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment said that progress on the project is on target for completion by the end of next Summer.
"Progress on this complex engineering project remains on schedule. Around 360 metres of the ‘Big Pipe’ has been laid and we have worked closely with BT, Southern Water, SSE and all other utilities to minimise disruption and inconvenience. I am pleased to report that a bus service has been maintained.”
“This bespoke scheme will provide much needed relief and peace of mind to residents and businesses, in an area that is prone to flooding. At its worst, the main roads through Hambledon were completely flooded for several months by groundwater following the exceptional rainfall during the winter of 2013/14. This project has been designed to help mitigate the effects of such flooding in the future.”
There will be a chance for residents to meet the contractors Mildren Construction Limited - and Hampshire County Council staff, for a progress update at a drop-in session between 3.30 - 6pm on Monday 11th January 2016 in the village hall.