I have today been contacted by Natural Resources Wales in regards to ‘phase 3’ of the Roath Flood Scheme. NRW have announced that they are pausing tree felling and construction for four months.
Their position is set out in full below:
We have agreed to pause tree felling and construction in Roath Brook Gardens and Roath Mill Gardens (Phase 3 of the Roath Flood Scheme) for four months after listening to the views of the community and the concerns of the Roath Brook Trees campaign group.
This pause will allow the campaign group time to further scrutinise our modelling (the hydrology and hydraulic model used to predict the flood risk) and the options appraisal that selected the current design. The campaign group will review Phase 3 and if appropriate submit new evidence to us. We have committed to consider any new evidence prior to making a decision on how to progress.
We remain confident in our assessment of the flood risk to the Penylan and Roath communities and we are committed to better protecting those exposed, including the 60 properties affected by Phase 3. Phases 1 and 2 of the scheme are unaffected by this pause and construction work continues to progress throughout Railway Gardens (the Sandies) and Waterloo Gardens, as well as at Waterloo Road bridge, which will re-open in April.
We have had, and continue to have, constructive discussions with the campaign group and are committed to continuing this dialogue during this pause. We welcome comments and views from all members of the community during this time.
You can also contact the campaign group via Twitter (@RoathBrookTrees), Facebook or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Natural Resources Wales.