Information events to provide new details of new Winchester flood defences

Residents and businesses in Winchester can find out more about a major flood alleviation scheme in the city.

An event will be held at Winchester City Council’s Guildhall Courtyard on March 19 and 20, which will provide information on the second phase of the North Winchester Flooding Alleviation Scheme.

This will introduce sluice gates on the last uncontrolled river courses that flow through the city to improve flood defences and control river levels further upstream during dry spells. 

Officers from Hampshire County Council, The Environment Agency, Winchester City Council and flood modelling experts will be on hand to discuss the next stage of the scheme.

Portfolio Holder for Built Environment at Winchester City Council, Cllr Caroline Brook, said:

“This project will help to protect many more homes and businesses in central Winchester and it is really important that people get a chance to have more detailed look at the plans so they can understand how the scheme will work and will  reduce the risk of their property being affected by flooding in future.”

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said:

“Since the severe winter of 2013-14, we’ve been working with our partners on measures to help mitigate the impact of flooding in Winchester in the future. 

“We are now inviting local businesses and residents to come and look at the plans, and talk to the project team so they can find out more.”

Work is due to begin this autumn and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The information events will take place from to 3pm to 6pm.