Improving the Flood Defenses in Totnes

The Environment Agency is working on a project that will reduce flooding risks in Totnes by improving the existing flood defenses which were built in the 1970s.

That is why the agency held a public drop-in at the Civic Hall in Totnes in April 2016.

Feedback from the drop-in and meeting with local residents will now help inform their designs which will reduce the risk of flooding and meet the needs of Totnes residents and businesses.

The agency is planning that the proposals received will be submitted for planning permission to South Hams District Council in summer 2016.

The improvements will most likely include raising the existing walls and installing gates across existing slip ways. There may be a need for individual property protection in some locations.

Meanwhile, the EA is making improvements to the existing quay wall at Steamer Quay in Totnes. The quay wall is in poor condition and needs urgent repair to ensure the existing flood defenses are maintained.

This work is scheduled to take place in autumn 2016. This work is separate from the main project and does not require planning permission to be carried out.

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