Sheffield Council launches consultation on how £83m flood prevention money should be spent

The Wicker in Sheffield city centre following the floods of 2007.
The Wicker in Sheffield city centre following the floods of 2007.
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Sheffield Council has asked people to help decide how £83m should be spent to protect the city from flooding.

The authority is trying to prevent a repeat of the devastating flooding that caused severe damage to large parts of Sheffield in 2007.

Sheffield flood and water manager Jim Fletcher, flood defence programme manager Godwin Ekebuisi and Councillor Bryan Lodge at Ball Street bridge, Kelham Island

Sheffield flood and water manager Jim Fletcher, flood defence programme manager Godwin Ekebuisi and Councillor Bryan Lodge at Ball Street bridge, Kelham Island

New defences are already being built in the Lower Don Valley, and the council now wants people’s views on how to best protect the Upper Don, Sheaf and Porter valleys.

Options include creating ‘flood storage areas’ in open space such as parks and woodland; building new defences; creating floodwater corridors; opening underground sections of rivers; and rural land management in higher areas outside the city.

Cabinet member for the environment Bryan Lodge said: “We all remember the 2007 floods that caused such devastation to the city and tragically the loss of two lives.

“Sheffield Council is committed to protecting the city from flooding. As well as protecting the city’s homes and businesses, we want to find solutions that transform Sheffield’s waterways and even create future energy from them.

“Flood protection requires a mix of approaches. Doing less of one thing such as creating flood storage areas means we may need to do more of another, such as building higher walls.

“Some of these options are sensitive, including the temporary flooding of ancient woodland and changes to some of the city’s parks which may include the removal of trees. But it’s worth stressing that these are only options, no decisions have been made, and it’s really important for people to have their say on how to protect the city from flooding in the future.”

The council is working with the Environment Agency, businesses, flood and environmental groups across the city on one of the largest investment programmes in the country.

Public events will be held in August and September at the following venues:

The Dooley Suite, Sheffield Wednesday FC, 11am to 8pm, August 25.

Sheffield United FC, 11am to 8pm, September 8.

Millennium Hall, Ecclesall Road, 11am to 8pm, September 14.

Millhouses Methodist Church, 11am to 8pm, September 21.

Oughtibridge Chapel Hall, 11am to 6.30pm, September 29.

Coun Lodge said: “We are aiming to provide flood protection so that the chance of a flood occurring is no more than 1 in 200 in any given year. At present, there is a 1 in 25 chance in any given year of parts of the city flooding from the Rivers Sheaf or Don.

“We want Sheffielders to be involved in developing these plans. We understand the sensitivity of some of the parks and woodland locations that are being put forward for temporarily storing flood water.

“Where possible as part of our plans we’re keen to also enhance Sheffield’s wonderful parks for all-year round and we’ve put forward some ideas but we would welcome more suggestions.”

Visit www.floodprotectionsheffield.com for full details and have your say before October 31, after which the council will hold local drop-in events.

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