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Durkar drain Flood and Watercourse Improvements

PUGNEYS WATER PARK, DURKAR

25 November 2009

Wakefield Council Drainage Section has completed environmental flood and watercourse improvement works within Pugneys Country Park at a cost of about £40,000. The works were funded by Wakefield Council’s Flood Risk Reduction budget.

The works followed consultation with Pugneys Water Park managers, the Local Highways Authority and Wakefield Biodiversity Group members, to complement improvements made by the Environment Agency’s Wakefield Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase 1.

The works were undertaken to reduce surface water flooding of Denby Dale Road between Pugneys and M1 Junction 39, together with residential properties and businesses in the vicinity of Wadhouse Lane affected by June 2007 floods. .

The works comprise creation of approximately 4,000m3 of seasonal flood storage on Durkar Drain watercourse and have been designed to accommodate a storm similar to the June 2007 event.

Excavated material was removed from adjacent to Durkar Drain and filled on higher ground within the Pugneys site above the predicted extreme flood level. .

Drainage to Pugneys overspill car park area was also improved by repairing and reinstating the existing Pugneys land drainage system. .

Works were designed and phased in accordance with the findings of the detailed ecology survey of Durkar Drain and its surroundings to minimise impact. .

The area adjacent to Durkar Drain will be reseeded in Spring 2010 as a wild grass and flower meadow to encourage local wildlife and watercourse species. .

Management of the works will remain the responsibility of Wakefield Council. Durkar Drain watercourse will require annual desilting with management of the meadow area by mowing once or twice a year. .