A Nantwich village is to undergo flood prevention work as part of new funding granted to Cheshire East Council.

The Coppice Road/Wistaston Road area of Willaston is to undergo a flood alleviation scheme after the council secured £780,000.

The funding has been granted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), with work to be carried out over the next five years.

The council also plans to install CCTV on all water courses within Cheshire East to monitor flooding.

Work in Willaston will begin in 2013. Two other sites to have flood alleviation schemes include Eaton Village in Macclesfield and Astbury Marsh off Newcastle Road, Congleton.

The schemes will take five years to complete and will be carried out by Cheshire East Council’s highways service.

Cheshire East Cllr Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “I am sure this funding will go a long way to improve the issue of  flooding in these areas of Cheshire East.

“I would like to thank Defra for their support and all the officers involved in bidding for this money.

“The affects of climate change show that we will experience increasingly wet weather and we must be prepared for this.

“These improvements will take time but they will hopefully have a positive impact on alleviating problem flooding for many years to come.”

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