A new scheme designed to stop the worst excesses of weather hitting Much Wenlock opened in November. MP Philip Dunne was on hand to formally open the Much Wenlock Flood Alleviation Scheme, which will protect homes and businesses from flooding.
Wenlock has experienced significant flooding over the past two decades, including in 2007 when 64 properties were flooded following heavy rain. This £2m project aims to reduce the risk for 171 properties. Two ponds have been built at Shylte and Sytche to slow the running of surface water, with systems to control the flow of water out of the ponds. The spoil from the ponds has been transported to Wenlock Edge to create a wetland in one of the quarries owned by the National Trust, which will create an enhanced environment for flora and fauna.
Mr Dunne said, “I’m fully aware of the problems flooding presents to local residents and businesses, and am delighted Shropshire Council have led development of this scheme. I was pleased to be able to congratulate all those involved in taking this initiative and overseeing its implementation, to put in place such impressive measures to help keep people and property safe from future flooding in Much Wenlock.”