Meet the team reducing flood risk in Par and St Blazey

Residents in Par and St Blazey can find out more about  a major flood alleviation scheme at an information event next week.

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As part of the St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (StARR) project, the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council are finalising the project to reduce the risk of flooding to the communities of Par and St Blazey.

A public information event featuring design proposals will be held at St Blazey Football Club on Friday and Saturday, 28 and 29 June.

The StARR project consists of a number of different schemes to reduce the risk of flooding from various sources, such as surface water, river flooding and tidal flooding.

Plans include reconnecting river floodplains, tree planting, water storage features, highway improvements and works to the existing infrastructure along Par River and Treffry Canal.

Residents will be able to view some of the proposed scheme designs and find out more about the next steps for the project.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, said: “Damaging floods occur in Par and St Blazey frequently and, with climate change impacts, the risk of flooding is going to increase.

“The StARR project will benefit the whole community by improving flood resilience for homes, businesses, community facilities and transport links making the area a better place to live and work.

“We’d encourage everyone to drop in event, meet members of the project team and ask any questions you may have.”   

Designs are now being drawn up and residents are encouraged to comment formally on the scheme proposals via the planning application process when it takes place from autumn.

The StARR information event will be held at St Blazey Football Club, Station Road, St Blazey, PL24 2ND on Friday 28 June, from 2pm to 7pm, and Saturday 29 June, 10am to 1pm.

You can find the latest scheme announcements by following Twitter @EnvAgencySW or @CornwallCouncil or find out more on the Cornwall Council StARR page.

The project is seeking £7.8 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. 

Additional funding is being provided by a variety of sources including DEFRA Growth funds, Flood Defence Grant in Aid, South West Water and Cornwall Council.