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Major flood defence plan approved

Flooding on River Trent
The Environment Agency says thousands of homes will be protected

The final parts of a plan for a 50m scheme to improve flood defences along a stretch of the River Trent have been approved.

The Environment Agency project covering 27km (17 miles) will run from Sawley in Derbyshire to Colwick near Nottingham.

The agency says 16,000 homes and businesses in Nottingham will gain extra protection from flooding.

Protestors in the village of Attenborough say they are worried the flood wall will divide their green.

Broxtowe Borough Council approved the plans at a meeting on Wednesday evening. Neighbouring Erewash Borough Council passed the plans for their particular sections of the defences in 2007.


All the work will be carried out along the north bank of the River Trent but Gary Smerdon-White, secretary of the Attenborough Flood Alleviation Alliance campaign group, said he was disappointed plans had been approved.

"We are absolutely deflated and upset that the council has gone with the plan. I still believe there are opportunities, through Attenborough, the Strand and around the village green that can be reconsidered.

"We've got a village green that has been in use for more than 50 years for all manner of events.

"Do we need flood defences? Of course we do, but mistakes are made in planning and if we don't try to get the right route, those mistakes can never be rectified," said Mr Smerdon-White.

The Environment Agency has said the defences are essential to protect thousands of homes near the River Trent from flooding.

The plans will now be sent to government planners for their approval.


Work can now begin on protecting 16,000 properties along the Trent Valley

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