Flood defences designed to hold back water from a major downpour could be in place by the end of next year, if a bid for Government funding is successful.
Nottinghamshire County Council is preparing to apply for funding from central Government for a scheme that would see defences in four key areas of Southwell.
The scheme, drawn up by JBA Consulting, would be designed to defend against the kind of flood that hit the town in 2007.
Defences would include a 30,000 cubic metre flood storage area at Potwell Dyke, which would reduce the flood risk to downstream areas such as Church Street.
It would include a new headwall up-stream of the Kilvington Road culvert to contain the flow west of Kirklington Road and a raised bund behind Springfield Road to alleviate flood risk there.
Pipe connections would be added between Archers Field and Southwell Trail to increase the rate that surface water drains from residential areas and pipe connections and gulleys would be added in Crafts Way to stop surface water from ponding.
A retaining bund would be built on the eastern edge of Starkey’s Pond, at the junction of Halam Road and Hopkiln Lane, to increase its storage capacity and help it intercept surface water.
A business case for the improvements is being drawn up the county council in consultation with the town council and Southwell Flood Forum.
'Funding will never cover for what occurred in 2013'
Town councillor Mr David Martin, who represents the council on the flood forum, said: “This is all part of the process for getting mitigation for floods in Southwell.
“We were badly hit in 2013 and we have got to a stage where the county council is ready to start building a business case for the work they are proposing.”
The business case will then be sent to the Government to consider how much to contribute out of its flood mitigation fund.
“Whatever funding we get from central Government will never cover for what occurred in 2013,” Mr Martin said.
“We just haven’t got the money in the country to cope with that. It will cover the sort of flooding we saw in 2007.
“That was a one in 50 year flood so this scheme will have significant benefits.”
Mr Martin said he thought the business case would take around four months to put together.
Consultants would then spend another two or three months going through the design of the proposed flood mitigation proposals.
“Some things might be in place towards the end of next year,” he said.
“There are so many different options available to us with different levels of protection.
Mr Martin said property-level protection might be available for the most vulnerable homes.
That would involve erecting gates or doors as an added level of protection against potential floods.
Each home would be assessed on a case-by-case basis.