Category: Flood management

  • Much Wenlock’s flood management – should it mean even more houses?

    Storm Ciara swept across the whole of the UK on Sunday 9th February, bringing heavy rain and very strong winds. There was some alarm at its likely impact in Shropshire, but it is largely forgotten in Much Wenlock now. Its effect upon the town was dwarfed by Storm Dennis one week later. Overnight on 15th/16th February…

  • Much Wenlock’s highways woes

    Whilst many of the activities conducted by Shropshire Council are generally, and quite rightly, considered perfectly satisfactory, its highways maintenance leaves much to be desired. Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have been satisfied with Children’s Services and Adult Social Care. Refuse collection and recycling are rarely issues that residents of Much Wenlock and the surrounding…

  • Highways drains

    Much Wenlock has a history of flooding. Most people associate flooding with watercourses – mainly rivers. Much Wenlock, however, sits high above the River Severn, three miles to the north. The issue that adversely affects Much Wenlock is surface water flooding. Over centuries, the town has developed in a bowl in the landscape. The land…

  • Much Wenlock’s flooding risk reduced

    This week saw the official opening of Much Wenlock’s flood alleviation scheme. On many occasions over the years, Much Wenlock has suffered surface water flooding. This has usually occurred when there has been a heavy summer downpour combined with the ground being either waterlogged, or being baked hard and unable to absorb the water. The…

  • Much Wenlock’s flood alleviation measures in focus

    On 25th April the English Severn and Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) held its regular meeting – this time in Much Wenlock. I was pleased to be able to welcome the committee members to our splendid Guildhall and our visitors pronounced that they were impressed with their surroundings – “grand setting”, “most picturesque…