£1m investment to help prevent flooding in Wiltshire

A FURTHER £1 million will be invested into flood prevention around Wiltshire with plans to improve the drainage systems, Wiltshire Council has said.

The latest investment will be spent on small-scale drainage improvements throughout the county.

The work will focus on fixing issues at a very local level to prevent road flooding, which in turn can flood properties and damage the road.

The full list of areas for improvements will be created with input from Wiltshire Council’s operational flood working groups and will focus on smaller schemes to allow a larger number to be delivered across the county.

Council leader Councillor Richard Clewer says that the recent winter was “one of the wettest on record” and says that climate change will bring more intense rainfall in the future.

“We know that these increased flooding incidents can have a real impact on our communities, which is why we are investing more money into drainage improvements throughout Wiltshire,” he said.

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“This extra investment, which meets our business plan commitment to have well-connected communities, will see a significant number of permanent improvements to the drainage in many of our rural communities, which are often among the worst affected.

“While other councils around the country are cutting budgets, we are investing millions in the things that really make a difference to people’s everyday lives, including filling more potholes, emptying more gullies and completing more drainage improvements across Wiltshire.”

To report flooding or blocked gullies, people can go to or call 0300 456 0100.

To find out more about operational flood working groups, people can visit:

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