Eight month delay for Exeter Flood Defense Scheme
It has been announced that there is an eight month delay on a colossal civil engineering project designed to protect thousands of Exeter’s resident from potential damages caused by flooding.
Construction was taking place along the river Exe, but problems have arisen alongside Bonhay Road, causing the £32m project conducted by the Environment Agency to grind to a halt.
A 120 metre flood wall, was originally planned to be built alongside Bonhay Road by April 2018. However the Environment Agency have stated that unavoidable ground conditions mean that this flood wall won’t be completed until the end of 2018.
In preparation for the new wall, Bonhay Road homes with gardens opposite have been dug up to make room for new flood defences.
Some gardens have been completely destroyed and made barren in order to allow contractors to complete the building of the new flood defenses. Luckily, these owners are being fully compensated and their gardens will be reconstructed once all work is completed.
"Once dense vegetation was cleared, it was apparent that the southern end of the road would not be completed by the predicted deadline” said a spokesperson for the Environment Agency. They go on to say “a temporary platform is needed in order to keep our employees safe during this hazardous work task”.
"We have keeping residents updated on any changes to this project through conversation and newsletters and we are grateful for their patience."
These improvements are part two of the £32m flood defence project currently being built with co-operation from Exeter City Council and Devon County Council. The project will reduce the risk of flooding for 3,200 homes and businesses across the city.
Both councils have donated £3m for the project, and the government contributed £6m. The rest is being funded by flood defence grant in aid, and delays have not caused the cost of the project to rise drastically.