BEWDLEY residents can find out more about plans for a permanent flood defence scheme in the town at a drop-in event later this month.

The event will be a chance to learn about the Beales Corner Flood Risk Management Scheme and talk to Environment Agency staff.

Planning permission for the scheme was granted earlier in the year and work on the scheme is starting this summer. When complete it will help to better protect homes and businesses when the River Severn floods.

Environment Agency Operations Manager for the West Midlands Anthony Perry said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming residents to our drop-in event and answering any questions they may have before construction begins. The project is a much-needed flood risk management scheme for Beales Corner. Flooding can be devastating, and this scheme will help to significantly reduce the risk of flooding to the town.”

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 27, at St George’s Hall in Load Street, Bewdley, from 12 noon to 7pm.

Beales Corner has a long history of flooding, most recently in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

After the flooding in 2020, funding was made available by the government for impacted communities.

Preparation work has already begun on the scheme with vegetation removed along the waterfront on Beales Corner in February. This took place before bird nesting season and the Environment Agency will undertake off site tree planting, enhance woodland areas and improve areas of grassland to compensate for vegetation loss and achieve a significant biodiversity net gain for the project.

Since then topographical surveys along the riverbank have been carried out and utilities companies also surveyed to prepare for utility diversions. Other work includes a bathymetric survey to measure the depth and map the underwater features of the river to support the design of the scheme.

Construction work on the scheme is expected to start this summer and will take approximately 18 months to two years to complete.