Flood defence work set to begin in the summer

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Swift action on a flood defence system for the Lower Don Valley is vital for the protection of jobs, a leading employer has warned.

The steering group behind the new Business Improvement District - a consortium of local companies which have agreed to contribute to the cost of the project - will meet early in the new year in a bid to get work started as soon as possible.

Plans for a series of 40 ‘interventions’, including walls, gates and barriers, along a stretch of the River Don between the Wicker and Blackburn Brook on the M1 won backing from local businesses in a ballot.

Sheffield Forgemasters, which has helped to lead the Lower Don Flood Defence Project steering group, is keen for the build to begin in the summer.

Neil Maskrey, chief financial officer at Forgemasters, said: “This is going to be of significant benefit to everybody and is vital for the protection of future business in the Lower Don Valley. This is about safeguarding jobs and employees with affordable flood protection.

“The steering group is meeting early in the new year to determine how this is going to be structured.”