Half of Ulverston car park to be closed for culvert repair

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8 July 2016

Half of an Ulverston town centre car park will be closed for up to 17 weeks to allow for essential repair work to an underground culvert.

An area of the South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) operated car park at Brewery Street has been fenced off since January this year, when a survey by the Environment Agency (EA)  revealed defects in a channel as it runs underground through a culvert beneath the car park.

Now the EA has announced plans to replace the damaged culvert to reduce flood risk to the local community.

If the work isn’t carried out the EA has warned that more than 300 homes and businesses close to the route of the culvert could be at risk of damage if parts of the underground watercourse collapse.

EA contractors will be replacing the existing masonry arch culvert within the car park with a precast concrete box culvert.  This will ensure the culvert remains serviceable for the next 100 years. Undertaking the work now will ensure the new culvert is in place before winter and reduce the risk of flooding.

To enable the repair work just over half of the 90-space Brewery Street car park will need to be closed from next Monday, 11 July, for up to 17 weeks to allow access for the works and a compound for the contractors carrying out the work.

Access to the 43 remaining car parking spaces will be maintained via Union Street and Union Place, with the exit at the Market Street end of the car park. The current entrance and exit off Brewery Street itself will not be available during the work.

The damaged culvert was discovered following an inspection as part of the EA’s £9.7 million Ulverston Town Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The Ulverston Town Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme is a partnership between the EA, Cumbria County Council and Network Rail to reduce the risk of flooding to residential and commercial properties from Town Beck.

Town Beck lies within a steep catchment and the watercourse is mainly underground through the town centre. Ulverston has a history of flooding from various sources, most recently flooding in 2009 and 2012 when Town Beck burst its banks and caused flooding through the town centre. 

The EA would also like to remind people there are many useful precautions they can take, including ensuring they know their flood risk and sign up to receive flood warnings. People can sign up for free, automated flood warnings by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188, or by visiting the EA website. As well as checking flood risk, residents can also find out what action they can take to protect their home or business.

For more information on the Ulverston Town Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme, please visit the website: www.townbeckfas.co.uk


For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.