Decision details

Acceptance of funding from the Environment Agency and variation to Public Realm Annual Plan 2022/23

Decision Maker: Service Director – Environment , Highways, & Waste

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Ayles Brook is designated as an Ordinary Watercourse which therefore falls under the regulatory supervision of Herefordshire Council. Following flooding in February 2020, this location is a settlement within the county at which the council has been trying to mitigate flood risk.

It is proposed that grant monies would be used to complete hydraulic modelling to improve the existing surface water mapping on the route of the Ayles Brook.

The surface water modelling work may facilitate a future project to extend the current hydraulic modelling of the Widemarsh Brook to include the Ayles Brook. In turn the model may be used to demonstrate the impact of installing a flood defence structure, such as bunding on the Racecourse to attenuate flow during storms. This future project would benefit properties in the vicinity of the racecourse and also downstream. Such a scheme would seek to mitigate fluvial flood risk to 18 properties and a school from the Ayles Brook.

Contact: Mark Averill, Service Director Environment and Highways Email: Tel: 01432 260944.

Publication date: 12/01/2023

Date of decision: 01/12/2022

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