It’s great news for the Isle after it was revealed this week that the green light has been given for £13.3 million worth of flood defences on the Trent.
Following public consultation with residents, North Lincolnshire Council is ready to press ahead with the scheme to protect towns and villages on both sides of the river.
NLC was awarded £13.3m of government funding for the large-scale project which is due to be completed in March 2019.
The defence scheme will see 3.5km of sheet piles installed along the east bank of the river from the M180 to Keadby Bridge.
The extensive flood defence will provide significant protection to the villages of Burringham, Gunness and East Butterwick.
Across the river on the west bank, the defences will be raised where there are low spots to protect communities across the Isle of Axholme.
The flood defences will also form a key role in the council’s ambitious £1.2bn plan to build six new villages to the east of the River Trent.
Councillor Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This extensive flood defence scheme will not only protect our existing villages on both sides of the Trent, it will provide protection for future generations in the six new Trentside villages planned for North Lincolnshire.
“The billion-pound Lincolnshire Lakes project is the largest investment of its kind in North Lincolnshire and will transform our area so it is vital that we get it right.”
He continued:“Thanks to these new flood defences we can give residents, both current and future, peace of mind that their homes and communities are protected.”
Following a tender process, the building contract for the flood defences has been awarded to VBA Joint Venture (Volkerstevin) who will start on site in January 2018 after preparatory works have been completed.
North Lincolnshire Council secured the £13.3m funding from the government’s Northern Powerhouse Local Growth Fund, awarded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is the allocating funder for the Local Growth Fund in our area.