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Gatwick Airport aiming to reduce risk of flooding

Members of staff at the Gatwick Airport branch of Easirent Car Hire are pleased work will be carried out to reduce flood risk at the airport.

There has been an application submitted to the borough council for work to be carried out to prevent flooding around Gatwick Airport. If approved this would involve diverting Gatwick Stream and constructing a dam.

The plans are to create a new channel to divert some of the water in the stream and ease the flow, lowering the risk of flooding. If the relevant department of the borough council approves the work, it will involve lowering the bank of the existing stream and the construction of a small dam. Improvements to sewage treatment works on Radford Road, in Tinsley Green, would also be made.

The Environment Agency has approved the proposal, and then the application has been submitted on behalf of Gatwick Airport by Vantage Planning Ltd. A decision on the plans is expected by November 5th this year. Flooding during severe storms on Christmas Eve caused huge problems at Gatwick. A large number of flights were cancelled with many travellers unable to get home to their families for Christmas. As a result the airport promised substantial investment to ensure no repeat of the problems.