2016 start for £1.5m anti-flood scheme?

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The Regional Development Minister’s comments came in response to an update request on the proposed scheme for Queen Street, Toome Road and Wakehurst Park by local MLA Robin Swann.

Minister Kennedy said it had been recently agreed that the preferred option outlined in a investigatory report to reduce flood risk in the area should be progressed as a joint NI Water and Transport NI project.

He said the scheme will include “improvements to the storm drainage system from the Wakehurst estate, increasing the capacity of the NI Water combined sewerage system and separation of road drainage from NI Water’s combined sewer.

“In addition, options to introduce improvements through a sustainable drainage system will be further investigated,” the Minister said.

He added: “This will be a significant project with a preliminary cost estimate of £1·5 million. It is estimated that the project could be ready to commence in 12 months, with a further 12 months required for construction.

“This outline time frame will be subject to any statutory approvals, land purchase and the availability of funding,”