STOURPORT Road in Bewdley will be closed from today (Monday, August 7) ahead of work to install permanent flood defences.

A temporary working platform for the Environment Agency is set to be constructed. 

The Environment Agency has said access to Millside Court will be kept whilst the working platform is constructed, and conversations have taken place with any impacted residents.

Late this month on August 13, the kerb at the corner of the bridge and Riverside North will be lowered to make the road junction wider, improving access for both residents and contractors during the works.

The main construction phase for the Beales Corner Flood Risk Management Scheme will begin in October.

Beales Corner is subject to significant flooding from the River Severn and has a long history of flooding. Most recently in 2020, 2021 and 2022 where homes and businesses were flooded, and the wider community impacted.

After the flooding in 2020 funding was made available by the government for impacted communities, enabling the Environment Agency to consider a flood risk management scheme for the Beales Corner area of Bewdley and keep the main Kidderminster and Stourport roads into the town open at times of flood. 

Wyre Forest District Council approved plans for the scheme at the planning committee meeting earlier this year.