Haydon Wick flood protection works get under way

A £4.9m scheme to protect 118 homes, four businesses and an electricity sub-station from flooding is getting under way near Swindon.

During the works, flood walls and embankments will be built along the banks of Haydon Wick Brook.

"This scheme will provide a vital defence to help protect against future floods," said Peter Collins, of the Environment Agency.

The work is due to be completed in Spring 2013.

The total cost of the scheme is £4.9m - £450,000 is being contributed by Swindon Borough Council and £90,000 by Thames Water.

Once the scheme is complete, replacement semi-mature trees will be planted to provide visual screening and maintain the woodland corridor.

More than 50 properties, roads and the electricity sub-station were affected by major flooding in the summer of 2007.

Contractors will move equipment onto the site on Monday.

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