Contract awarded for £13.3m flood defence scheme as part of Lincolnshire Lakes project
Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Councillor Rob Waltham, pictured on the Trent bank at Burringham.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 8 May 2017
A CONTRACT has been awarded to build a £13.3 million flood defence scheme aimed at providing protection for new villages to be created as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes project.
The defences, on the River Trent, will also protect the existing Trentside towns and villages.
The building contract for the flood defences has been awarded to VBA Joint Venture (Volkerstevin) by North Lincolnshire Council after a tendering process.
And the deal comes after initial work started on the £1.3 billion Lakes project, which will eventually create thousands of new homes, a new stadium for Scunthorpe United, a school and various business and leisure opportunities.
The flood defence system will be paid for using funding already allocated to the council by the Government and work on it is set to start in January, after preparatory works are done.
It will see 3.5km of piling installed along the east bank of the River Trent from the M180 to Keadby Bridge.
The flood defence will provide flood protection to the villages of Keadby, Althorpe, Derrythorpe, East Butterwick, Burringham and Gunness.Across the river on the west bank, the defences will be raised to protect communities across the Isle of Axholme.
Council leader Rob Waltham said: "This extensive flood defence scheme will not only protect our existing villages on both sides of the Trent, it will provide protection for future generations in the six new Trentside villages planned for North Lincolnshire.
"Addressing flood issues is a number one priority and we are working on a number of schemes throughout North Lincolnshire, including South Ferriby and Winteringham Ings. Thanks to these new flood defences we can give residents, both current and future, peace of mind that their homes and communities are protected."
The first steps of bringing the Lakes project to fruition were taken last month, with the demolition of a derelict house off Scotter Road in Scunthorpe.
And a £24 million loan was agreed by the Homes and Communities Agency to enable its partners to unlock the development.
Kevin Mudd, of the GB Strategic Land Fund, which has delivered part of the Lakes project, said work starting was a "significant milestone".
He said: "Lincolnshire Lakes is a large-scale development that will totally transform and regenerate the area – creating thousands of jobs and business opportunities and new homes.
"I would like to pass my personal thanks and congratulations to all those who have contributed to making this come to fruition, in particular North Lincolnshire Council, the Homes and Communities agency and the Humber LEP, without whom this would not have been possible."