Work starts on flood repairs

15:18 01 May 2014

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Work has started on repairs to a flood defence wall in Topsham which was damaged by storms at the start of the year.

Exeter City Council is funding the repairs to the wall at Bowling Green Marsh, using money from the Government.

The work will repair damage to the wall which occurred during the severe storms in January and February, opening up a large breach which allowed high tides to flow into the protected land and road behind it, affecting properties, businesses and the RSPB’s Bowling Green Marsh Reserve.

Deputy leader of Exeter City Council Rachel Sutton said: “This is great news for people living in and visiting Topsham. Bowling Green Marsh is popular with bird watchers and walkers, particularly in the summer, so the quicker these repairs are completed the better.”

Local resident Rob Sanders said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to Exeter City Council and their engineering team on behalf of all the residents at Riversmeet. The seriousness of the situation was recognised immediately, and steps were taken to ensure swift action.

“This culminated in works commencing this week, less than a month from when it was first brought to the council’s attention. A professional and decisive approach from the council that has put all our minds at rest.”

The RSPB’s Tony Whitehead said: “The RSPB is delighted that Exeter City Council is to start work on repairing the banks at Bowling Green Marsh.

“The reserve is nationally important for a wide range of estuary birds, particularly in winter, and is enjoyed by tens of thousands of people that visit every year.”

The work will be paid for using money set aside by the Government for local authorities to carry out repairs after this year’s storms.

The project is expected to be finished by late May.

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