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Residents asked to view Midlands flood protection scheme

People living near Perry Barr and Witton have been invited to comment on a new Midlands flood protection scheme to reduce the risk of flooding in the area.

People living near a Midlands flood protection scheme being built in Sandwell Valley Country Park, to reduce flood risk in Perry Barr and Witton, are being invited to visit the site. The £42.3m scheme is being built by the Environment Agency in partnership with Birmingham City Council and local levy funds, and is expected to be completed in September 2020.

Part of the scheme involves creating a flood storage area and, when finished, it will reduce the flood risk to 1,400 properties. Local residents are being invited to visit the scheme on 11 June to look at what is being done and to learn more about the scheme.

Project Manager for the Environment Agency Josh Harris said: “This is a major flood risk management scheme for the West Midlands and we want to keep residents updated on our progress. We hope to see plenty of people coming along to see what we’re doing.”

Consultation is also due to be held on a Perry Barr Highways scheme. The £27.1 million project – which includes the removal of the A34 flyover, the retention of the A34 underpass and the replacement of the A34/A4040 roundabout with a four-arm signal junction – was approved by Cabinet on February 12 of this year.

The scheme will now go out to consultation from June 3 to July 19, when people are invited to have their say on the proposed new road layout and other measures. In addition, there would be new cycling routes, improved footpaths, removal of subways and landscape improvements.

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