Work to begin in Nailsworth town centre after 2020 floods

IMPROVEMENT work is due to take place in Nailsworth next month to help prevent flooding in the town.

The town was severely hit by floods in 2020 when 40mm of rain fell in 75 minutes, causing 36 businesses and eight properties to flood.

Gloucestershire County Council will implement a range of measures which aim to alleviate the impacts of future floods.

The drainage of surface water will be improved by providing a flow route to Nailsworth Stream, so the water does not pool in the centre of the town.

New drains will be installed and a cattle grid will be converted so it can hold and slowly release flood water.

Stroud News and Journal: Nailsworth was severely impacted by floods in 2020Nailsworth was severely impacted by floods in 2020

Safety improvements will also be made to the A46 roundabout in the centre of the town, along with measures to improve safety for pedestrians. 

The schemes have been funded jointly by the county council and Stroud District Council, who are working in partnership to deliver the improvements.

Work will start on 12 September with the project expected to be completed by the end of October.

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Some road closures will be necessary during the works, but access to properties will be maintained for both residents and businesses.

Signposted diversions will be in place.

There will be a drop-in session on Tuesday, September 6 at the Mortimer Room next to Nailsworth library, in Old Market, where officers will answer questions from the public.

The county council has liaised with Forest Green Rovers over the plans and tried to schedule the work and any road closures around away games or non-match days. 

Extra staff will however be on site to oversee traffic management when work has to take place on a match day.

“This important project will bring long-lasting benefits to residents and businesses in Nailsworth,” said Jason Humm, director of transport and highways at Gloucestershire County Council. 

“This scheme will help alleviate future flooding issues and make us more resilient to the effects of extreme weather.”

Cllr Steve Robinson, county and district councillor for Nailsworth, said: “I am pleased that this project will be starting soon.

“Work to alleviate the effects of flooding in the town is vital for residents and businesses. 

“The safety improvements are also welcomed.”

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