28 February 2023
Harriett Welcomes Further Investigation to Protect Powick

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has welcomed a continued commitment to investigate ways to improve flood protection in Powick.

Although a flood defence scheme was constructed to protect the village in 2011, serious flooding of the river Teme and river Severn resulted in the defences being overwhelmed in 2020 as well as the main road closing between Malvern and Worcester.

Harriett urged Worcestershire County Council to investigate the possibility of raising the roundabout and road and also tasked the Environment Agency with investigating the height of the current flood protection scheme.

The Environment Agency is planning to construct a nearby scheme on the edge of Worcester and as part of this work, the team will look on the any potential impacts on Powick.

Harriett said: “The scheme at Toronto Close is outside of my constituency but it may have an impact on nearby Powick and I have kept a close eye on this scheme as it is developed.

“I have been briefed that the Environment Agency is again looking at the Powick scheme to see if it needs to be improved and I support all measures which will attempt to avert the disastrous events of 2020.

“I continue to keep monitor the progress of the two live schemes in Severn Stoke and Tenbury Wells and have offered my support to the Environment Agency as it attempts to deliver both projects on time.

“I also regularly meet with Government Ministers to discuss progress on these two schemes and hope that extra funding will be found to keep them both on budget and deliverable as soon as possible.”