News and Events
Public Consultation - Corve Weir
Tuesday 26 January 6
pm to 9 pm
Severn Rivers Trust will be
holding a public consultation on the proposed solutions for the weir on the River Corve close to the footpath
between Coronation Avenue and Linney (near the Boiling Well).
August 2018 Status report
the Corve and Teme, Ludlow’s Flood Awareness and River Environment Group, was established
in June 2016 with the intention of monitoring the rivers Corve and Teme and implementing actions to
possible consequences of flooding
of land and properties in and around Ludlow.
about using local knowledge to develop and implement a Flood Awareness
Plan; we agreed to collect data to better inform actions by individuals, local authorities, responsible
agencies, landowners and companies; we take advice in scrutinising new development applications, to see if they meet or improve upon Sustainable Urban Drainage
System (SUDS) specifications; and we liaise with Shropshire Wildlife’s ‘Slow the Flow’ initiative”, said
Rosemary Wood, Chairman of FCT. “But our real successes have
been in establishing good working relationships with our relevant agencies and local organisations, listening to
residents, and setting achievable targets”.
For instance, by 6.00 am on
Sunday 26 May 2018, torrential rain resulted in 8” of water accumulating at the lowest point of one of Ludlow’s
streets abutting the river Corve. This was high enough for
residents to alert neighbours to move their cars. 'Fountains' had gushed from manhole covers, one of which was the combined water and sewage
pipe, and gullies were blocked with mud and debris.
following Thursday, 31 May, residents again experienced high levels of water in the road. Difficult
conditions were exacerbated by drivers ignoring the ‘Access Only’ signs: tempers were
This flood came from surface
water only. The drains could not cope with heavy rain falling so quickly. No drains were blocked: the river
was low enough for all the water to be taken away as quickly as the drains would allow. No water came up from the river into the road. But houses were
flooded and individuals and families distressed.
A meeting was quickly
arranged with our representative on Severn Trent Water, who met and listened to residents. This was followed by a site visit with residents, FCT, the Environment Agency,
Shropshire Highways, Shropshire Flood and Water Management Team, and Severn Trent.
As a result, Severn Trent has
CCTV/tracing of the combined sewer and surface water and checked the connectivity of the relevant highway
gullies. Shropshire Highways will arrange for drains on two sides of the
flood plain to be jetted out immediately, and would also schedule-in the drains to be surveyed and cleaned as
necessary four times a year. The Friends said that if they were given advance notice of when the cleaning was to
take place, they would ask locals to move their cars. The Highways Authority would put up “no parking” cones the
Planning permission has recently been
granted for a petrol station adjacent to the flood plain. This is
now in existence, and residents fear its raised level contributed to drainage problems during the
storm. Our representative from the Environment Agency offered to
look into this, and will also liaise with the EA Asset Team to see if work should be undertaken on the arches of
Corve Bridge. Tree work was a possibility, and decisions would be
made with regard to both potential flooding and biodiversity.
Discussions with a long-established resident led to the EA flagging up the need to clear vegetation from one of
“In themselves, these are small
maintenance initiatives”, said Rosemary. “But, in the words of a
well-known supermarket, ‘Every little helps…’. Deborah Hall is our
contact at the NFF, and her support and advice has been invaluable.
Our next step is to make FCT more accessible to the general public, and encourage local people to send us
photographs of affected areas. We began life as a ‘river group’,
but are finding issues with surface water, drains and planning applications that need to be
Ludlow Town Council has also invited FCT
to a meeting to discuss Contingency Planning for Ludlow. Whilst our
original thought was to monitor local rivers and
develop and implement a Flood Awareness Plan, it was not intended to be an action plan in the event of flooding,
emergency or evacuation.
Many years ago, in his
poem, “Song of the Three Rivers”, Frances Brett Young wrote:
Severn's wild, sweet daughter,
child; and her limpid water
wells from the gentle rills
from the Kerry hills”
rivers are so special, and so dangerous!
Ludlow’s Flood Action Group
Flood Action Group came into being after Friends of the Corve and Teme called a public meeting in July 2016 to
discuss possible flood defence measures. Since then, the Group has met twice to discuss the first draft of
Ludlow’s proposed Flood Action Plan, and once with representatives of the national flood agencies to consider
various avenues of action. Anyone concerned with flooding issues
along the catchment of the Corve and Teme is invited to attend meetings or submit comments for
On 28 February 2017 at the Feathers Hotel, Ludlow, the
first multi-agency meeting was held to discuss Ludlow’s Flood Action Plan. This was attended by members of
Ludlow’s Flood Action Group and representatives of the Environment Agency, Shropshire Council, Severn Trent
Water, Shropshire Highways,
Shropshire Council Flood and Water Management Team, Ludlow Town
Council, Severn Rivers Trust and Teme
Weirs Trust. A large number of actions was agreed, including some updates to this web site and the organisation of
the site visit mentioned above.
Notes from FCT's public meetings held so
far can be found here: