Shaw Cemetery in Newbury gets flood alleviation scheme

Shaw Cemetery Shaw Cemetery in Newbury suffered from fallen trees and flooding

Related Stories

A mound of earth will help prevent graves flooding and collapsing at a Berkshire cemetery, officials say.

West Berkshire Council and the Environment Agency are spending £150,000 on the earth embankment at Shaw Cemetery in Newbury.

It will retain surface water run-off from the fields above and release it at a controlled rate into the drainage system in Cromwell Road.

The cemetery closed for a day in February due to flooding in the storms.

Gravediggers had struggled to stop graves from flooding and collapsing due to high groundwater levels.

Construction work will take 12 weeks to complete, which will also protect Cromwell Road and Wellington Close where eight properties were flooded in February.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Berkshire

Weather

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Features

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.