Flood alleviation scheme for Bickington estate

WORK is due to start on a �75,000 drainage project on Monday (March 16) to help alleviate flooding problems in the Babbages residential estate at Bickington. Long-standing surface water drainage problems have affected properties and roads in the area.

WORK is due to start on a �75,000 drainage project on Monday (March 16) to help alleviate flooding problems in the Babbages residential estate at Bickington. Long-standing surface water drainage problems have affected properties and roads in the area. The original drainage system of stone culverts has, in some cases, been built over in more recent years, and has been a constant source of problems. Despite many attempts over the years to improve the situation only a new system to bypass the problem drains will cure residents' worries and properly drain surrounding land, roads, and homes. Devon County Council finished phase one of the work six months ago and from next week work will start to prepare for the installation of a new 300mm diameter surface water drainage pipe to complete the scheme. Work in the main Barnstaple to Fremington road will last about seven weeks, but traffic signals will be in use for about 10 weeks and this will inevitably cause some traffic delays. There will be no parking immediately adjacent to the Bickington Stores and Post Office during the work, but pedestrian access will be maintained.Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council Executive Member for Environment, said: "This is an opportunity to make a long term improvement to what has been an on-going flooding problem and I'm sure residents at the Babbages Estate will be relieved that Devon County Council is tackling this issue. The work is on a busy road, near homes and an important local business but we hope everyone will appreciate that it is essential work. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption and hopefully when it is complete, it will provide a permanent solution to residents' concerns." Councillor Rodney Cann, Devon County Councillor for Fremington Rural, said: "I am delighted that this problem is at last to be sorted out by the county Council. The flooding in this area has been a nightmare for local residents for many years. I'm sure the contractors will strive to keep disruption to a minimum for customers of the local Post Office shop."The scheme is difficult due to the depth of the pipes and the many services already under this busy road, but contractor South West Highways will be working to finish the work as quickly as possible.

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