Sheffield parks are still part of council's flood prevention plan

Flooding at Forgemasters in 2007. Photo: Sheffield Council

Flooding at Forgemasters in 2007. Photo: Sheffield Council

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Sheffield Council is still considering allowing city parks to flood to protects areas further downstream.

Turning areas such as Millhouses Park and Endcliffe Park into water storage areas was one of the options put forward as part of a multi-million pound plan to prevent a repeat of the devastating 2007 floods.

Endcliffe Park.

Endcliffe Park.

Last year the council asked residents for their views on what should be done around the Upper Don and Sheaf. The feedback has now been analysed, and the option of turning some parks and open spaces into flood storage areas is still on the table.

But the council has discounted several areas from that scheme, including Wharncliffe Side, Oughtibridge, Beeley Wood, Loxley Malin Bridge, Loxley Rowell Bridge, Rivelin Wolf Wheel, Totley Brook and Whiteley Woods.

The authority is also considering whether or not to build flood defences along the Sheaf around Abbeydale Road, Little London Road, Broadfield Road and Queens Road.

Along the Upper Don, options include looking at the use of existing reservoirs; flood storage in areas including the Roscoe site in the Rivelin valley, the Wisewood site in the Loxley valley and upstream at Wharncliffe Side; defences along the river at Stocksbridge, Oughtibridge, Winn Gardens, Hillsborough, Loxley and Kelham Island; and channel re-grading and weir removal downstream of Penistone Road Bridge on the River Loxley.

New flood defence barriers along the River Don by Forgemasters. Photo: Sheffield Council

New flood defence barriers along the River Don by Forgemasters. Photo: Sheffield Council

Cabinet member for environment Bryan Lodge said further flooding could come at an economic cost of £1 billion to the city.

He added: “We all remember the 2007 floods that caused such devastation to the city and, tragically, the loss of two lives.

“Ten years on, we as a council are driving forward these plans to ensure we are doing all we can to ensure that property flooding on this scale never happens again in our city.

“In progressing this vital work, we are listening to the views of communities and organisations, who are helping to shape our approach and the direction of the programme as it develops.

“This is potentially one of the largest investment programmes in the country when it comes to flood protection, and we need to get it right. We are therefore moving forward with working up more detailed proposals that are appropriate for Sheffield’s unique landscape and that will also protect the city from flooding for generations to come.”

Preferred options for the Sheaf and Upper Don will be chosen this year, and a business case will be submitted to the Government for funding approval.

Visit www.floodprotectionsheffield.com for more on the plans.

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