Hastings reservoir to undergo safety work

Proposals for work on Buckshole Reservoir in Alexandra Park have been given the green light by the council’s planning committee.

Monday, 1st February 2021, 1:45 pm
Alexandra Park in Hastings. Buckshole Reservoir SUS-200331-115358001

Hastings Borough Council said the works are being done to ensure the reservoir is up to current safety standards.

Work to construct a new channel to replace the existing one will start later in the year.

The council said the new channel will be bigger to protect the dam from larger predicted flood events and will be along the same route as the current one.

Because the new channel will be bigger, some vegetation will be removed along the line of the new channel, together with a number of trees, the council said.

The removal of the trees will take place this month.

The plans then include significant replanting once the safety improvements have been made.

Cllr Maya Evans, lead councillor for natural environment and leisure, said: “The Environment Agency, which monitors and inspect dams, has told the council that we need to undertake a number of safety improvements to Buckshole Reservoir by 2022, helping to reduce the risk of flooding downstream.

“The new ‘spillway channel’ is the most significant piece of work and will allow greater volumes of water to be discharged from the reservoir to protect the dam from collapsing during a flood.

“The removal of the trees and vegetation is essential in preparing for these main safety improvement works and must be undertaken as soon as possible.

“The main construction work will begin later in 2021. It is regrettable, though unavoidable, that some trees and vegetation must be removed in order for these essential works to take place.

“The approved plans include extensive new planting to replace the vegetation and trees removed as part of the scheme.”

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