Published On: Monday 21 September 2020 14:04

Residents of Laxey and members of the public are invited to attend drop-in sessions on 28 and 29 September at Laxey Working Men’s Institute between 10am and 8pm.

The sessions will exhibit the future flood alleviation work planned for Laxey over the next two to three years and support the delivery of recommendations of the ARUP report commissioned by the Chief Minister following the flooding in Laxey on 1 October 2019.

Department of infrastructure Minister Tim Baker who is also Chairman of Manx Utilities said, “The approach designed by the joint working of DOI, Manx Utilities and supported by specialist consultants JBA has been designed to identify all flood risk reduction opportunities possible within the Laxey area and has been underway for a significant period.  Over 50 options have been identified for river, tidal and surface water flood risk reduction having been evaluated for suitability, build-ability, economic viability, and environmental sustainability.  Following feedback from the drop-in sessions and evaluation, a set of options will be agreed for progression to help protect the community by managing flood risk from source to sea providing better protection and greater resilience for Laxey.  We look forward to listening and sharing proposals with the local community as it is essential that views are respected and importantly that local knowledge forms part of the scheme before progressing to the next stage.

As the Chief Minister has stated, Government is committed to implementing the ARUP recommendations in full and improvement works continue to be undertaken whilst working on plans for the future which include changes to governance arrangements to accelerate the implementation of proposed improvement works.  I am committed to addressing the long-standing flooding issues for both the Laxey valley and the Island as a whole, to help prevent reoccurrences of the damage and distress that flooding causes to the community.”