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.
The full details of the main Cockermouth flood prevention scheme can now be viewed on Allerdale Borough Council’s website. The application is open for comment until 22 February 2012 positive comments will help smooth the process and keep our town safe and dry.
A £700k scheme designed to reduce the risk of persistent flooding in the Gote area of Cockermouth has won a prestigious North West Institution of Civil Engineers award. The flood alleviation project which now protects 42 homes was defined by a full programme of community engagement via the Cockermouth Flood Action Group comprising residents of the close knit neighbourhood. The Environment Agency encouraged community involvement, both in planning the scheme and its subsequent management. The EA project team and CFAG worked closely together throughout the project, with the action group securing long term ownership and maintenance agreements for a new pumping station. The group also contributed to delivering the project, working alongside the EA and its suppliers in designing and supervising the works. The end result is a project which has significantly reduced the flood risk to this community. ICE North West Regional Director Alan Butler described the project as
Below are the documents that were presented at the community information day on Friday 11 November and Saturday 12 November. Current Proposals November 2011 Cockermouth Historic Flooding Outlines Historic flooding in Cockermouth Cockermouth flood risk management Plan (November 2011) Cockermouth Flood Risk Management Q & A The Environment Agency’s approach to River Maintenance