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Drainage work on Stretton Road, Much Wenlock to help reduce flooding

Related topics: Climate change / environment / Highways, transport and environmental maintenance

Highways drainage work is to be carried out on Stretton Road, Much Wenlock from Monday 22 January to mid-April 2024.

Click here for a map showing the location of the work.

The work will include the construction of a new highway drainage system which will divert water into the Shylte attenuation basin, constructed by Shropshire Council in 2017.

The connection of the highway drainage system to this basin will ensure these water flows are reduced, and reduce flooding around Havelock Crescent and High Street during intense rainfall events.

To ensure the works are delivered as efficiently and safely as possible, a 24-hour road closure will be in place, and a signed diversion route will be in place.

Access will be maintained for properties within the closure.

The above dates may change subject to constraints such as weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

Dan Morris, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways, said:

“This scheme will – once completed – greatly help to protect people in Much Wenlock from flooding and I’m really pleased that work will soon be carried out. We appreciate that the work will cause some disruption but we thank people for their understanding while this important work is carried out.”

Dan Thomas, Shropshire Councillor for Much Wenlock, said:

“I’m delighted to see these works being scheduled to go ahead after pressing for them to be prioritised ever since I was elected. They will be an essential part of flood resilience in that part of Much Wenlock and protect residents and their homes. The closure of the B4371 Stretton Road isn’t ideal, but the long-term benefits will be worth the relatively short inconvenience.”

In addition to this work, Shropshire Council is continuing to work with partners including Much Wenlock Town Council, the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, the National Flood Forum and Much Wenlock Flood Action Group on other opportunities for reducing flood risk in the town.