New flood defences for Holes Bay

Creekmoor Channel

Flood defence structures are being constructed at the end of the Creekmoor and Sterte channels where they meet Holes Bay. The defences will reduce the increased risk of future flooding from a combination of high tides and surface water run-off, caused by heavy rain.

Borough of Poole has successfully secured funding of approximately £700,000 to deliver these defences, working with the Environment Agency and Wessex Water.

Councillor John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said: “It has been identified that, in the future, parts of Poole may face a higher risk of flooding from sea level rise combined with a more frequent occurrence of wet and stormy weather. To help minimise the risk, a number of flood defence measures have been identified across Poole and the council has been successful in securing funding to carry out these works in Holes Bay. At Creekmoor, we’ll also be taking the opportunity to re-route and improve the existing foot/cycle way by removing the ‘dog-leg’ next to the Upton Bypass.”

The new structures at Creekmoor and Sterte will be constructed across the mouth of the channels from two rows of sheet piles driven into the sea bed which will be filled with concrete. They will house flap valves which will prevent tidal water travelling back up the channels during high tides and a fish friendly valve will be installed at Creekmoor. The ground levels around the structures will be raised to continue the line of flood defence in these areas. Recycled top soil from the site will be used in the construction of these. The flood defence structure at Creekmoor will also form a ‘bridge’ link to improve the existing route of the foot/cycle way.

Sterte Channel

The works at Creekmoor will start on Tuesday 3 April and last for approximately 9 weeks. Working hours will take place from 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday–Friday, however, there may be some working outside of these hours for activities that are affected by the tides. The works at Sterte will follow after Creekmoor is complete, for around the same amount of time. The work will be carried out on behalf of the council by Avon Construction Limited.

Public use of the footpath will be maintained throughout the works by using either minor diversions or temporary paths. Off-peak lane closures around the sites will be in place from 3 to 5 April and 9 April between 9.30am and 3.30pm to offload machinery and large deliveries. Dates for additional lane closures will be advertised on road signs.

Cllr Andy Garner-Watts, Ward Member for Poole Town, Borough of Poole, said: "Any future-proofing of flood defences in Poole is very welcome and the fact that the council has been able to secure funding to deliver these schemes is excellent news. Well done to everyone involved."

Cllr Andy Hadley, Ward Member for Poole Town, Borough of Poole, added: "We are increasingly seeing extreme weather events, and this proactive investment in protecting low lying areas is very welcome. It is also great that the chance to improve the walking/cycling link to Upton Country Park is being taken.”

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