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Marlborough Council to consider floodwall solution for Kennet Place

Plans to alleviate any future flooding of the River Kennet in the heart of Marlborough are to be considered by Marlborough town council at an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday.

The Environment Agency is proposing to build a three foot high floodwall on the banks of the river in Kennet Place, extending from the Town Mill bridge to the Old Ropeworks.

Town Mill under water in 2003
This was the area hit by flooding in January, 2003, and now the Agency is proposing a three-way partnership deal to cover the cost of the floodwall, thought to be in the region of £40,000.

The Environment Agency did consider flood defences for the Town Mill area itself as well as Culvermead Close, but decided there was only a one per cent chance that they might be directly affected.

It was hoped that Wiltshire Fire and Rescue would also be part of the partnership plan for Kennet Place, but the service, facing financial cut-backs, has now pulled out.

“Wiltshire Council has yet to decide its position but the Environmental Agency wants to go ahead with the work next year,” Liam Costello, Marlborough’s town clerk, told Marlborough News Online. “We have called a meeting to decide on our position.”

He added: “It may seem ironic that the Kennet is now at one of its lowest levels for many years -- with little fear of any flooding -- but rivers can always rise up suddenly.”

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