Path repairs designed to combat floods

July 09 2017
Path repairs designed to combat floods

WORK has been taking place to repair a footpath in Wells that was damaged by torrential rain late last year.

The joint footpath and permissive cyclepath, which runs along the back of Bekynton Avenue in Wells, was damaged by floodwater during one of last winter’s storms.

As well as reinstating the footpath, the council has cleared a ditch which runs alongside the path, removing rubbish, weeds and overgrown bushes and shrubs.

By clearing the ditch it is hoped that, should such severe weather hit again, it will help divert water away from the immediate local area.

Work began on June 12 and was due to last for three weeks. The path has remained open throughout.

Stuart Finney, Group Manager for Neighbourhood Services at Mendip District Council, said: “This project will see a popular path used by many pedestrians and cyclists each day restored to its former condition. We are also taking the opportunity to clear a nearby ditch, which we hope will reduce the risk of flooding in this area.”

The path has been damaged by floodwater several times over the years, with residents complaining that previous repairs have not been effective enough. But the district council says that the current repair work should prove more permanent.

A spokesman said: “We are reinstating the footpath with materials that should be more resistant to heavy rain. We are hopeful that this work, coupled with clearing the ditch to improve capacity for floodwater, will help reduce the risk of further damage to the footpath in the event of future storms.”