Good news – planning consent was granted for the flood defences yesterday. Another step closer. The flood defence scheme was granted planning permission by Allerdale Borough Council at a meeting on Tuesday 10th April, meaning the Environment Agency has been given consent to construct a series of walls, embankments and flood gates along the River Cocker and River Derwent that will increase flood protection to around 360 local homes and 55 businesses.
Funding for the scheme has almost been secured, with a pledge from central government to provide £3.3million. Cumbria County Council and Allerdale Borough Council have also offered to make significant contributions, with the Cockermouth Flood Action Group, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cockermouth Chamber of Trade, local businesses and the local community working hard to secure the remaining funds that will be required.
Once built, the scheme will reduce the risk of flooding in Cockermouth to a 1% chance in any one year.
Sue Cashmore, chair of the Cockermouth Flood Action Group, said: “The Cockermouth Flood Action Group has been working closely with the Environment Agency to push for improved flood defences in the town, so we are delighted that planning permission has been granted. We now just need to put the final pieces of the jigsaw together by securing funding so that work on the scheme can begin.” Continue reading
The Environment Agency has published the maintenance management plan for Cockermouth, it can be downloaded by clicking on the link.
Two potential areas of gravel removal on the Derwent and Cocker upstream of the town were identified. The target area for gravel removal for the main Cockermouth channel are outlined on page 7 of the report.
The gravel control and management scheme is designed to have the following characteristics :
Be effective at reducing sediment input at the key area (which is the in-town stretch of the Derwent and Cocker through Cockermouth.
- minimise environmental impact
- maximise sustainability
- Be operational effective (have manageable access routes and be safe to operate).
The strategy is treated as a live document and is correct to its evidence base at the date of issue. If forthcoming evidence emerges that can materially impact operational activities, this will be considered and the strategy updated accordingly.