Flood alleviation work carried out after 60 years of problems

Photo Ian Robinson County Councillor Marcus Johnstone
Photo Ian Robinson County Councillor Marcus Johnstone
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Residents in the village of Slyne with Hest, north of Lancaster, whose homes and businesses have been threatened with flooding for over 60 years are enjoying better protection following the completion of a £495,000 alleviation scheme.

During prolonged periods of heavy rain the drainage system in the village has been unable to cope, causing the water table in the Hest Bank Lane area to become saturated and, at times, cause extensive flooding to property, cellars and gardens, as well as the road network. Surface water flooding also lead to the sewers and the foul water system overflowing.

Lancashire County Council has now finished work to increase the capacity of the drainage system, thanks to a successful bid to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for £475,000 which was topped up with a £20,000 contribution from the county council’s own budget.

County Coun Marcus Johnstone said: “The Heysham to M6 Link Road provided part of the solution, as a large section of the existing culvert under the A6 Lancaster Road needed to be upgraded to accommodate runoff and provide an outfall for surface water from the new road.

“This made it economically viable to fund further improvements to the drainage system in area of Hest Bank Lane, and we’re very grateful for the support of the Environment Agency in making a successful bid to Defra to fund most of the work.”