North Lincolnshire Council has given the go-ahead to the £13.3M flood defence scheme to protect towns and villages on both sides of the River Trent.
The latest move follows a public consultation with residents on the scheme, which will see 3.5km of sheet piles installed along the east bank of the river from the M180 to Keadby Bridge. It will provide significant protection to the villages of Burringham, Gunness and East Butterwick.
On the west bank, where there are low spots, defences will be raised to protect communities across the Isle of Axholme.
According to the council, the flood defences will also form a key role in the council’s ambitious £1.2bn plan to build six new villages to the east of the River Trent.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This extensive flood defence scheme will not only protect our existing villages on both sides of the Trent, it will provide protection for future generations in the six new Trentside villages planned for North Lincolnshire.
“The billion-pound Lincolnshire Lakes project is the largest investment of its kind in North Lincolnshire and will transform our area so it is vital that we get it right.
“Thanks to these new flood defences we can give residents, both current and future, peace of mind that their homes and communities are protected.”
Following a tender process, the building contract for the scheme was awarded to VBA joint venture (Volkerstevin), which will start on site in January 2018 after preparatory works have been completed.
North Lincolnshire Council secured the £13.3M funding from the government’s Northern Powerhouse Local Growth Fund, awarded by the Department for Communities and local government.