From the Environment Agency:
Bude has a long history of flooding from the River Neet and Bude Canal, tidal surges and storm waves. Following an extreme flood event experienced during the 1950s, the Bude Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) was constructed. The scheme was later updated following a major fluvial flood in 1993.
Over time some elements of the FAS have declined in condition and require intervention to maintain the design standard of protection provided by the scheme. The flood defences identified as requiring attention are the earth flood embankment to the rear of Bude Tourist Information Centre, running between the canal and Bencoolen Bridge and the masonry-faced embankment on Ergue Gaberic Way between the Masonic Hall and Nanny Moore’s Bridge.
Without action, these defences will continue to weaken and flood risk to nearby properties will increase.
Restoring the flood alleviation scheme
The scheme has benefited from £2.1m funding as part of the Government’s £170m fund to accelerate the delivery of flood risk management schemes nationally.
The Crescent Flood Defence and River Restoration Project will better protect the local community and economy from flood events, predicted to increase in the near future as a result of climate change. The proposed works will strengthen the existing flood defences and provide a solid foundation for future scheme improvements, protecting 22 residential properties and 15 commercial and community properties along The Crescent and Ergue- Gaberic Way between the River Neet and Bude Canal.
The proposals focus on the renewal of the flood defence along Ergue-Gaberic Way.These works include the construction of a new flood wall on the landward face of the bank behind the existing roadside kerb. The construction of the wall will require the removal of some of the roadside-facing existing bank and vegetation on the bank to facilitate construction of the wall foundations. On completion of the construction along Ergue-Gaberic Way, the top of the bank will be replanted with a selection of native plant species to help improve habitat. The earth flood embankment to the rear of the Tourist Information Centre will also be restored and maintenance access improved.
The river restoration element of the project focuses on the River Neet upstream of Bude between Whalesborough Weir and Bude Marshes Local Nature Reserve. The works will introduce soft engineering practices, tree planting and stock fencing along this reach of the channel to help increase the ecological potential of the watercourse .
What’s happening and when?
• Spring/summer 2021: ecological surveys undertaken at the flood defence sites and
the river restoration area
• Autumn 2021: potential start on river restoration works (dependent on outcome of
• Early 2022: construction starts on Ergue-Gaberic flood wall
• Spring 2022: construction starts on the flood embankment behind the Tourist Information Centre
What to expect
There will be some disruption to the surrounding roads and car parking areas. We will
provide more detail on these nearer the time, ensuring we give you plenty of notice.
You can keep up to date with the latest progress at http://bit.ly/BudeScheme.
We’ll also be running virtual events to show more detail about the scheme and give you the opportunity to ask questions. These are on Wednesday 23 June at 13:00 and 17:30 and you can register for one of the time slots by visiting this link: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BCLN
If you have any questions or comments about the scheme, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst these essential works are being carried out.