Key vote looms on Sheffield flood defence plan

Sheffield City Councillors Jack Scott and Leigh Bramall with Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Richard Wright and the flood defences prospectus.
Sheffield City Councillors Jack Scott and Leigh Bramall with Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Richard Wright and the flood defences prospectus.
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Businesses affected by plans to build new flood defences in Sheffield’s Lower Don Valley area are being urged to vote ‘yes’ to the scheme – which cannot go ahead without their approval.

More than 250 companies in the valley are being asked to vote on the proposals and have until December 13 to make their views known.

The plans include nearly 40 separate interventions along the eight kilometre stretch of the River Don between Nursery Street in the city centre and the Blackburn Brook near the M1.

A majority yes vote is needed in order for the project to proceed from next year.

The £8.1 million scheme is also reliant on businesses in the Lower Don Valley agreeing to contribute £1.4 million to the cost of the defences through a Business Improvement District.

Without the private sector contribution, the project will not go ahead.

Meetings are being arranged to allow businesses to ask questions and ensure they understand the proposal that is being presented by the city council and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

n Drop-in sessions will take place tomorrow from 12.30pm to 4pm at BDP office reception, 1 North Bank, on the corner of Wicker and Blonk Street; next Thursday, November 28, from noon to 6pm at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Albion House, Savile Street; and on Friday, December 6, from 10am to 12.45pm at Riverside Court on Don Road, and 1.15pm to 4pm at Jessop Riverside.