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Jonathon Seed
Jonathon Seed takes a look at flood alleviation work in Malmesbury

Wiltshire Council, together with its partners and community flood teams, has been working extremely hard all summer to make sure the county is as prepared as it can be for the winter months. 

Jonathon Seed, Wiltshire Council Cabinet member responsible for flood alleviation

The persistent rain forecast for much of the county this week will serve as a reminder of the dangers of flooding as the winter months approach.

Wiltshire Council has been working hard throughout the county on flood alleviation schemes all summer. The council spends £1m a year on flood alleviation, as well as working with partner agencies that also put in their own investment to reduce risk of flooding in the county.

In Tilshead, as well as increasing the size of culverts, the council has been investigating a scheme within land owned by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) which could include the construction of a reservoir to hold back flows and prevent flooding to nearby residents.

In Aldbourne extensive replacement of the existing drainage system has been undertaken and the old barrel-vaulted culverts in West Street and Lottage Road have been renewed. 

In Malmesbury the council has been working in partnership with the Environment Agency, Malmesbury Town Council and the Wardens and Freemen of Malmesbury to remove the silt from the River Avon and remove an old gasometer that was built out into the river. The work will help river flow through the town.

At Great Bedwyn the council has carried out drainage investigations and improvements at Back Lane and Church Street. Staff are in the process of installing a flood wall adjacent to the allotments and recovering historic drainage downstream of the Knapp.

In Dauntsey a drainage system was upgraded around the M4 overpass with extensive ditch works including upgrading field accesses and at Corsham repairs are being carried out on the A4 to provide a positive drainage outfall.

These examples offer just a flavour of the work that's been taking place across the county in places including Shaw, Whitley, Hindon, Chippenham, Melksham, Norton Bavant, Atworth, Bishopstone, Market Lavington, Lydiard Millicent, Cricklade, Wilton, Trowbridge, Hankerton, Dilton Marsh, Lea, Foxham­, Britford, Burton, Durrington, Corsley, Donhead St Andrew, Purton, Calne, Broughton Gifford, Christian Malford, and Coombe Bissett.

Jonathon Seed, Wiltshire Council Cabinet member responsible for flood alleviation, said: "Wiltshire Council, together with its partners and community flood teams, has been working extremely hard all summer to make sure the county is as prepared as it can be for the winter months.  

"Now is the time for residents to consider the impact of winter weather and for everyone to do their bit to keep gullies and drains clear so that water flows without obstruction. 

"Consideration should also be given to stocking up on sandbags which are available either for personal property protection from local builders' merchants or for community use through the Wiltshire Council PEAS scheme."

Although the council offers help and support to help tackle sudden, extreme weather, the responsibility for protecting private property rests with owners.

Residents can clear gullies blocked with debris but if the problem is more serious or people have other concerns this can be reported to Wilshire Council:

•    By telephone on 0300 456 0105 the customer services team will give you a log number
•    Online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywilts where you will be able to leave your email address and receive updates
•    Or using the MyWilts app on a smart phone - again you will receive updates

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