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Welney Wash Road drop-in event postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak concerns




A drop-in event to hear the public's views on plans to close the Welney Wash Road for up to six weeks next summer has been postponed due to concerns over th Covid-19 virus outbreak.

The Environment Agency Ouse Washes drop-in event and consultation was due to be held in at the village's William Marshall Centre on Wednesday(18).

However, it has now been postponed and a spokesman for the Environment Agency (EA) said: "We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. We intend to reschedule for June 2020 and we will be able to provide more information closer to June.

Welney Wash Road will need to be closed for up to six weeks next summer to allow for essential flood barrier work - residents are being asked when's the best time to do it. (31629768)
Welney Wash Road will need to be closed for up to six weeks next summer to allow for essential flood barrier work - residents are being asked when's the best time to do it. (31629768)

"In the meantime our online consultation is open and will be extended to June to ensure that you have the opportunity to give us your preferred option."

Work to improve the Ouse Washes will include building a new barrier on the Welney Wash Road meaning it will need to be closed for up to six weeks next summer.

The drop-in event was geared to allow anyone interested in the on-going £27m project being undertaken to raise the banks on the Ouse Washes reservoir, to find out more about the progress so far and also have a say on timings to help determine the best period to do the compulsory Ouse Washes Section 10 Works - which will mean a road closure to allow the EA to build a "robust barrier" across the Wash Road where it intersects the Middle Level Barrier Bank.

Welney Wash Road will need to be closed for up to six weeks next summer to allow for essential flood barrier work - residents are being asked when's the best time to do it. (31629776)
Welney Wash Road will need to be closed for up to six weeks next summer to allow for essential flood barrier work - residents are being asked when's the best time to do it. (31629776)

The EA has sourced a demountable barrier option that will provide the robust flood protection solution and will be bespoke to Welney, which will be stored and deployed from the Ely depot.

A short concrete support wall will be built either side of the road for the temporary defence to join and also a concrete slab will be put across the road for the barrier to be attached to whilst it is in use.

To have your say on the road closure plans visit: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/east-anglia-c-e/welney-wash-road-barrier-work-timings/consult_view

Or write to: Customers and Engagement Team, Environment Agency, Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 4NE.


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