Braunton Flood Improvement Scheme on the Table

A £540,000 flood improvement scheme for Braunton in North Devon will be put before Devon County Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday, November 9.

Braunton is one of the County Council’s highest priorities for reducing the risk of flooding.

The main aim of the scheme will be to reduce the risk of flooding to properties in Caen Street, while also reducing disruption to through traffic heading to and from communities west of Braunton.

The improvements will aim to achieve a standard of protection up to the 1 in 50 year surface water flood event and will complement the fluvial flood improvements carried out on the River Caen by the Environment Agency.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Flood Prevention, said: “This is a very welcome scheme to tackle the risk of flooding in one of Devon’s high risk communities and will protect the commercial heart of the village.”

Councillor Caroline Chugg, County Councillor for Braunton Rural, said: “We are desperately in need of these improvements and the sooner they’re done the better. If you were to see the distress caused by the recent floods in Caen Street you may begin to understand how essential this scheme is.”

If approved, the work on the scheme could start in January, with the completion set for the next Summer.

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