A Derby brook is to be dredged this month to help reduce the chances of future flooding and support local wildlife, including water voles and endangered clawed crayfish.

The three week project to remove silt from Thulston Brook in Alvaston is a partnership between Derby City Council, the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water. The work will help protect nearby properties from flooding.

Ecological assessments also show the improved water quality should encourage protected species such as water voles and white clawed crayfish to repopulate the banks of the brook.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Flood Prevention, said:

It’s encouraging to see how well the authorities are working in partnership to reduce the risk of future flooding in Derby. This work brings together months of planning behind the scenes, with Thulston Brook the first in of a series of works planned by the Council to reduce the potential for, and impact of flooding in the city

The future programme of flood defence works have been set out in the city’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. The strategy provides information about the extent and potential causes of flooding in the city, and presents an action plan to reduce and manage flood risk in the city.

Published: 23rd January 2017