Reading Borough Council has completed its scheme to protect homes from flooding in East Reading by carrying out major improvement works to Whiteknights Reservoir.
A package of improvement and stabilisation works to the embankment have included the installation of a flood wall to channel floodwater to a safe spillway, use of gabion baskets to protect local properties, extensive drainage works to the surface water sewers and the widening of the footpath along Whiteknights Road to improve pedestrian safety.
The scheme includes landscaping works within the Mockbeggar Allotment site which will take place during the appropriate planting season in the Autumn. These include new trees and native hedgerow, being planted along the length of the new flood wall and within the allotment, and honeysuckle creepers planted to grow over the gabion baskets in time. A number of trees have already been planted by the Council along Wokingham Road to enhance the local area.
Whiteknights Lake is a 70,000m3 capacity reservoir, positioned in University of Reading (UoR) grounds. While Whiteknights Reservoir sits in Wokingham Borough, it borders Whiteknights Road, which means by law Reading Borough Council is one of the three statutory undertakers, along with the UoR and the adjacent Care Home.
Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:
“The completion of this project brings to an end a major Council scheme which will not only help protect homes in this area from flooding, but also has created a more attractive environment through enhanced landscaping works in the area. For local residents the widening of the footpath along Whiteknights Road has delivered a major improvement in pedestrian safety.”
“The day to day management of the works has been praised by residents, the nearby Care Home, the University and allotment holders in the area. I would like to thank them all for their patience whilst these essential works took place.”