A councillor has welcomed plans to reduce flooding in the village of Willaston, near Nantwich.

Areas of the village, such as Coppice Road, have been badly  hit by floods in recent years.

Now Cheshire East Council’s flood risk and highways team has vowed to study the drainage issues in Willaston with other key organisations such as United Utilities and the Environment Agency.

Willaston and Rope ward Cllr Brian Silvester said: “During periods of moderate to significant rainfall there is a risk of flooding in Coppice Road due to the condition and capacity of the drainage system.

“Initial work should identify specific and immediate concerns for remedial work and inform the production of a  model to identify flood risk more accurately.

“This will inform decisions on how best to manage this flood risk to property and infrastructure.

“Once this has been completed the work needed to reduce the flood risk can be done. Flooding has been a problem in this part of the village for many years.

“I formerly served on the Regional Flood Defence Committee and I raised the concerns in relation to Willaston.

“I am sure that local residents will be very pleased that action is to be taken.”

Work is being funded through an Environment Agency capital grant in aid.

Scoping work and modelling will cost £25,000, and future funding to deliver the scheme has been made available in the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) budgets.

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