Monday, June 23, 2008

News: Master Cutler sees first hand what is being done in Rotherham to reduce the flood risk


Chief Executive of Rotherham company, AES Engineering and the current Master Cutler, Gordon Bridge, was delighted to be shown the outstanding progress made on the nearly completed £14m first phase of the Rotherham town centre flood defences. Gordon said: “It’s of great importance to me that local businesses are protected against future flood events like those seen last year and from what I’ve seen today, this is just what the first phase will achieve for a 1km stretch of the River Don.” Amongst the 100 properties to be protected when the full scheme is complete are major companies such as Firth Rixson, an international specialist metal components manufacturer, Rank Hovis, and Tesco, all significant employers in the town. Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is seeking further funding for the next phase of the scheme. The work is being carried out by contractor Volker Stevin for Rotherham Borough Council. The scheme has been designed by engineering company Jacobs and is fundamental to the town-centre transformation being brought about by Yorkshire Forward’s Renaissance Towns initiative. A further part of the scheme, the Centenary Way urban wetland nature reserve, is also nearing completion. As well as serving a practical function for collecting water, this area will also be managed jointly by Sheffield-Rotherham Wildlife Trust and Rotherham Council so that it can be enjoyed by both wildlife and people using the area for recreational and educational purposes.


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