Positive developments announced at latest Hythe Taskforce meeting

PUBLISHED: 24 May 2024

The Hythe Taskforce met again yesterday (23 May), bringing together key stakeholders to discuss the ongoing efforts to address flooding issues in the area. The meeting, chaired by Cllr David King, Leader of Colchester City Council, saw participation from local councillors, community representatives, and agencies, including the Environment Agency, city council, and county council. 

Members were pleased to welcome significant progress towards mitigating flooding risks along Haven Road, a critical thoroughfare for the local community and businesses. A crucial valve responsible for discharging water flow between the river and surface water systems will now be replaced. This valve malfunction has been identified as a contributing factor to flooding incidents. Additionally, new solar-powered signage will be installed to alert drivers of potential flooding and provide diversionary routes. Both measures are anticipated to be operational by early autumn.

Members of the Taskforce also heard that repair works at Fieldgate Quay are advancing steadily. The appointment of a preferred contractor by Colchester City Council is expected by early July. Allowing for securing a marine license, which is necessary for the works to proceed, repairs should start by early autumn.

Cllr David King, Chair of the Hythe Taskforce, commented: “We are encouraged by the recent progress and these initial, firm plans to mitigate flooding, disruption, and begin quayside repairs.

“The Taskforce remains committed to working collaboratively to find long-term solutions to flooding in the Hythe area. This will not be quick nor easy, but I am encouraged by the willingness of partners to work together to create a more flood-resilient Hythe for residents and businesses. We will continue to provide updates on our progress as we move forward.”

Page last reviewed: 24 May 2024


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