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Work is starting on a £700,000 flood protection scheme that will help protect homes and businesses in Felinheli.

The Gwynedd Council project has been jointly funded by the Council and Welsh Government. The Flood Protection Scheme on Beach Road in the village  will provide an improved level of protection to homes, businesses and the highway against tidal flooding, including the risk posed by rising sea levels.

Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Council’s YGC department who are managing the project said: “I’m delighted that funding has been secured for this important project in Felinheli. This area of the village has experienced flooding from the nearby Menai Strait in the past which has posed a risk to nearby properties.

“This project will see new sea wall constructed which will be set back from the shoreline – alongside Beach Road itself. Work to improve drainage at the bottom of Snowdon Street is also intended as part of the project.

“Local property owners have been consulted and kept informed throughout the design stage and a ‘meet the contractor’ event was recently held in the village which was well-attended.  We realise that the construction phase which is getting underway will cause some short-term disruption, but we firmly believe that residents will benefit when the work is complete.

“We have all seen the recent storms that have had such a devastating impact on communities, and with the effects of climate change the likelihood of floods affecting communities is increasing. We are therefore very pleased to see work getting underway on this flood protection work in Felinheli which will benefit the people of the local community.”

Councillor Gareth Griffith, who represents Felinheli on Gwynedd Council added: “As a local member, I’m very pleased to see this working moving ahead. People who live in this area of Felinheli have seen water coming over from the Menai and the recent storms where properties in other parts of the country have been flooded remind us all of the impact it can have on people’s homes.”

Anglesey firm, OBR Construction from Talwrn are the appointed contractors. Work was due to start on-site on Monday, 10 February, however the impacts of Storm Ciara have meant that the start date has been moved to next week. The scheme is scheduled to be complete by June 2020.

OBR Construction will aim to keep any disruption to a minimum, however, the work will result in temporary road closure while the drainage work is ongoing as well as periodic traffic management. The playground and footpath along the shoreline may need to be temporarily shut to the public while work is ongoing. Access to all properties and businesses will be maintained at all times, with temporary diversions in place periodically. Flooding of the area caused by Storm Ciara highlights the need for enhanced flood protection to the area. It is hoped that the scheme will protect the community for years to come and will contribute to maintaining a thriving community and businesses.

Felinheli residents who have any questions about the scheme are welcome to contact Elspeth Moncure at OBR Construction Ltd on 01248 667066 or elspeth.moncure@obrconstruction.com for all site-related queries or contact the Council’s flood team on 01286 679591 for any other information relating to the project.

PHOTOGRAPHS: Flooding during the recent Storm Ciara along Beach Road in Felinheli