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Plans submitted for Llanmaes flood defence scheme

  Vale of Glamorgan Council

Plans have been lodged for a £2 million flood defence scheme in Llanmaes.

Vale of Glamorgan Council wants to build new barriers and ditches, as part of allieviation works in the village.

Around 49 properties are still thought to be risk of flooding, following numerous incidents.

The local authority plans to tender out the work to a ''suitable contractor'' shortly, and hopes to complete the project by next summer.

Plans for the flood alleviation scheme, funded by the Welsh Government, include:

•            constructing flood barriers and ditches to act as water storage areas.

•            Road reprofiling to redirect water run-off and keep it away from homes.

•            Road resurfacing and pavement reconstruction.

•            Strategic landscaping to offer further water defences.

Llanmaes has been hit by flooding on several occasions since the 1990s, and anecdotal evidence suggests the problems go back even further.

The project has already been delayed a number of times over the years, but a planning application has now been submitted by the county council.

Councillor Eddie Williams, the cabinet member for planning, said: ''I and my fellow ward members, Cllrs (Gwyn) John, (Sally) Hanks and (Jayne) Norman, are well aware of the long-standing problems residents of Llanmaes have had with flooding.''

''Addressing these issues has been a complicated process involving careful planning, but I'm hopeful we now have a design that can go a long way to preventing a repeat of previous incidents.''

Mr Williams, a Llantwit First Independent councillor added: ''We will also shortly be appointing a contractor to carry out the work, which we hope can be completed in the next 12 months.''

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