Have your say on Sheffield flood defence consultation in Hillsborough

Residents and businesses can today have their say on how Sheffield should protect itself against flooding.

Wednesday, 24th August 2016, 23:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 17:47 pm
Flooding at Hillsborough, home of Sheffield Wednesday FC.

Sheffield Council is working with the Environment Agency, businesses, flood and environmental groups across the city to come up with flood prevention methods.

A consultation event is being held today (August 25) at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground from 11am until 8pm. It will look at £83 million proposals to protect the city against a repeat of the devastating 2007 floods, when two people died and £1 billion of damage was caused.

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The aim is to save around 6,000 homes and 1,760 businesses from the risk of flooding, including vital utilities and transport routes.

At present, there is a one in 25 chance in any given year of parts of the city flooding from the Rivers Sheaf or Don.

Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for environment, said: “Hillsborough was one of the worst-affected areas in the floods of 2007 and many businesses that operate there suffered terribly. We now have a great opportunity to deliver the flood protection a major European city like Sheffield deserves.

“Sheffield City 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.

“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 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.”

Visit www.floodprotectionsheffield.com to have your say.

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