The Environment Agency is about to hold a public consultation in Wilton, near Salisbury, to explain how it plans to reduce flood risk to local homes and businesses.
The consultation on the Wilton flood defense scheme will take place on March 10th 2017, from 3pm to 7pm, at the Cricket Pavilion Recreational Ground.
Wilton’s existing flood defenses protect some areas in the center of the town. In large flood events, flood water can bypass the defenses and flow across the recreational ground towards the Castle Lane area. Properties in Crow Lane are also at risk.
According to the Environment Agency, the proposed solution is to build a raised flood embankment around the edge of the recreational ground, joining the existing flood defenses beside Wiley Terrace. An access ramp would be provided over the embankment. A flood wall is also being proposed to protect properties in Crow Lane.
The Environment Agency aims to secure funding and obtain planning permission for a suitable scheme by the autumn of 2017. It will then draw up a detailed design and carry out further public consultation before starting construction in early 2018.
If all goes according to schedule, the new scheme should be completed by the summer of 2018.