Residents could fund flood work for village

Flooding in the village in 2012
Flooding in the village in 2012
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People in Croston will be asked whether they would be willing to make a contribution to a £4.5 m scheme that would substantially reduce the risk of flooding in the village.

Chorley Council is going to seek the views of residents in a bid to prevent the Government-led project from stalling as they look to plug a £1.1m gap in the funding.

The consultation will ask residents if they’d be willing to pay a levy of £32 per year per household over the next 25 years to raise £500,000, with the authority willing to cover the remaining £600,000.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We feel that it’s wrong for local people to be picking up the cost of flood defence schemes but our calls on the Government to make up the shortfall in funding have been met with a definite no so far.

“That means we need to look at how we can bridge the £1.1 m funding gap, otherwise we risk missing out on the project altogether.

“After careful consideration we have come up with a proposal that would see the council covering the cost of more than half the gap of up to £600,000, if no alternative sources of funding can be found in time, and for households to pay a levy of £32 per year.”

The £4.5m scheme would see flood storage built upstream of Eccleston Bridge, on the River Yarrow, significantly reducing the risk of flooding to 420 homes in the village.

This would reduce the amount of water that flows through the town when the rivers are in flood.

On June 22, 2012, 30 homes and businesses flooded in Croston after torrential rainfall in what became one of the wettest summers on record.