A £2.5 million scheme has been drawn up to tackle flooding at a regeneration site – and help bring 1,100 new jobs to Stoke-on-Trent.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to apply for £938,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to help prevent flooding from Fowlea Brook.
That will be supplemented by £1.597m from the council because the project will ‘unlock’ the 6.2-hectare Cliffe Vale regeneration site which is earmarked for 1,100 jobs as part of the wider Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone.
But council flood maps show that the area around Shelton New Road, Garner Street, and Cliffe Vale Place could flood.
The ERDF funding application was approved at a cabinet meeting yesterday.
The council report states: “The Cliffe Vale flood alleviation scheme is a £2.5m project with the city council as the lead partner.
“The scheme will provide the necessary environmental infrastructure to unlock the Cliffe Vale site for redevelopment and increase the land supply to meet the aspirations of the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone.
“The impact of flooding on people, properties, businesses and communities can be devastating and wide ranging.
“Although flood alleviation schemes cannot entirely remove the risk of flooding, they can significantly reduce this risk, along with the associated impacts on the health and wellbeing of people and communities affected by flooding.”
It comes as a £5.6m scheme has already been approved to protect hundreds of homes and businesses in nearby Stoke town centre from flooding.
Ward councillor Shaun Pender has welcomed the Cliffe Vale scheme.
He said: “I’m in favour of this going ahead. It will be vital money which will allow the council to unlock land for the Ceramic Valley scheme and I’m all for that.
“I’d welcome any new jobs into the city and I hope this scheme will bring in well-paid jobs.”
The Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone aims to create up to 9,000 new jobs on 140-hectares of brownfield land across the city. Other development sites include Tunstall Arrow and Highgate, in Tunstall, and Etruria Valley.