A £170,000 Somerset Rivers Authority scheme to reduce flood risks in Monksilver started on Monday, 8 April.
At least 15 properties will benefit from works to stop mud and water surging down towards people’s homes from surrounding steep hills, roads and bridleways.
Parts of Monksilver have flooded several times in recent years, because the drains in two key places cannot cope with the volume of water that comes down off the Brendon Hills.
Three phases of improvements
Roadworks are going to be done in three phases.
The first two phases will focus on upgrading drainage systems at the northern end of the village, on the B3188 and then down Beech Tree Hill (as shown in the image at the top of this page, and below under Phase Two).
The third phase will make improvements at the southern end, where Birds Hill Lane goes down into High Street.
The scheme has been designed for Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) by Somerset County Council’s Highways Department, and the roadworks will be carried out by Skanska.
All phases will require temporary road closures, with clearly signposted diversions.
The first phase began on Monday, 8 April and finished on Tuesday, 16 April – 12 days ahead of schedule. This means that the main road through Monksilver is now OPEN again.
The second 5-week phase began on Tuesday afternoon, 16 April, straight after work finished on Phase One. Beech Tree Hill traffic is being re-routed out round towards the edge of Stogumber and back. See the map below or download a copy of the official notice giving details of these Monksilver roadworks.
The third 3-week phase between Monday, 3 June and Friday, 21 June requires a simpler, more local diversion to the west of Monksilver.
Village businesses will be open as usual throughout all three phases of work and the popular Summer Church Fete on 1 June will be unaffected.
David Mitchell, SRA Senior Manager, said: “I know that diversions are never popular, but I ask people to bear with us while these works are done.
“Recent floods in Monksilver have caused villagers significant damage and distress and clogged up the B3188 with mud and debris, and these Somerset Rivers Authority works will make a big difference to the lives of local people and visitors in the future.”
The scheme is backed by Monksilver Parish Council. It complements earlier projects by Somerset County Council, and more minor SRA-funded activities such as underground CCTV surveying, drain jetting, de-silting near the Notley Arms Inn and natural flood management works upstream at Combe Sydenham. The latter were delivered for the SRA by the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest, as part of the Hills to Levels initiative.