West Worcestershire MP Baldwin praised the efforts of the Environment Agency leading the ‘ultimate recycling project’ as soil from the Southern Link Road is now being re-used in a bund to protect the village of Severn Stoke from flooding.
The MP visited the village to see soil being reused from the major building project to dual the bridge across the river Severn in a second construction project to protect the regularly flooded village and the busy A38.
During the winter, soil will be moved from a number of sites across the county and the flood protection will be constructed next Spring.
“I’ve been working closely with the local community, the Environment Agency and local authorities to secure support for a scheme that would not be affordable without the use of recycled materials.
“This is the ultimate recycling project because the scheme’s costs have been brought down by reusing soil from the large number of construction projects that have been carried out across the county.
“It has been a long journey to get to this point and I look forward to seeing the work making good progress through the next months and into next year.
“I want to pay tribute to the patience of the local villagers who have had to put up with regular flooding wile this scheme was developed but I hope that, with the arrival of this soil, they can see light at the end of the tunnel.”
Photo: Pictured in front of the recycled soil at Severn Stoke: Paul Jones and Marc Lidderth from the Environment Agency, Harriett Baldwin MP and Councillor David Harrison.