Bucklebury's flood defences unveiled

A £600,000 flood defence scheme for Bucklebury in Berkshire will be officially opened later.

Streets and homes in the village - made famous as the childhood home of the Duchess of Cambridge - suffered considerable flooding in July 2007.

The Bucklebury Flood Alleviation scheme includes flood embankments, a dry ford and a bypass channel to divert excess water around the village.

The scheme will help protect 25 homes, a Norman church and village hall.

Local residents raised £65,000 towards the defences, while West Berkshire Council contributed £45,000. The remainder was provided by the Regional Flood Defence Committee.

The scheme will be officially opened by Newbury MP Richard Benyon.

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