Claims that no height given for Sheffield flood defences is 'inaccurate'

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Council claims that no heights had been specified for flood defences in a Sheffield beauty spot are inaccurate, according to one resident.

Last week we reported how fears had been raised after Sheffield Council launched a consultation on plans to build flood defences in Rivelin Valley.

Rivelin Valley Conservation Group expressed concerns that potential flood defence embankments could be up to 11 metres tall - almost the height of three double decker buses stacked.

They feared this would have a 'devastating effect' on nature and the surroundings of the valley.

In the wake of the claims, Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for environment, said that the council had never stated a height for the embankments and assured people that the consultation was ongoing.

He said: "The height and scale will be shaped by the feedback that we receive through the consultation process."

But this week Rivelin resident Ros Ollin, who attended a consultation meeting last month, said that Sheffield Council did state a height of up to 10 metres.

A poster on display at the consultation, which Ross took a picture of, stated: "The proposed embankment at New Dam, just upstream of the children's playground, has a potential temporary storage of 217,199 metres squared, roughly equivalent to 87 Olympic swimming pools.

"The embankment could be between five and 10 metres high, 15 to 30 feet, with steep banks on both sides, gradient probably one in four, that would most likely be grass covered.

"It could extend up to 80 metres, 250 feet, along the river and reach from the north river bank across allotments to Rivelin Valley Road.

"It could also destroy parts of New Dam and the tunnel built in the 1630s."

Ross said: "The council cabinet member did not appear to have done his homework.

"Possible heights are explicitly mentioned on this poster proving that the council cabinet member for the environment was inaccurate in his statement to you."

Sheffield Council has downplayed concerns, stating that a public consultation on city-wide proposals remains open until the end of October.

The council adds that Sheffield is in fact ‘leading the way’ after being granted £83 million from central Government to get some of the best flood defences in the country.

A council spokesperson said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for people to have their say to help us protect Sheffield from flooding following the devastating events of 2007. Potential embankments to store flood water are just one of a number of options that we are consulting on and the height of these would be subject to more detailed design if such options were to be taken forward. It is simply too early to say what height these embankments could be and would urge people to go to our Flood Protection website to have their say.”

To take part in the consultation, visit: www.floodprotectionsheffield.com

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