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Wigeon Drive SuDS

Following on from the successful SuDS installation at Measham Leisure Centre, TRT is delivering a second scheme in Measham at the Riverside Estate off Wigeon Drive.

The work involves creating a linear swale to receive road drainage, leading to a series of three collection basins stalling the water before it eventually flows on into the river. The works will provide increased flood storage and flood resilience using Natural Flood Management (NFM) techniques. The features will capture sediment which carries potential pollutants, therefore helping to improve water quality.

The proximity of this scheme to a residential housing estate offers a great opportunity to secure increased community engagement and awareness of the value of natural flood management techniques to address flood risk. These works will complement adjacent river restoration features which are currently being created along the same stretch of the River Mease.

The first stage of the work was completed in spring 2018. The work is due to be completed in spring 2019, the work had to be paused to resolve a technical issue.

Below are the drawings for the design of the SuDS retrofit at Wigeon Drive

General Arrangements

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One Voice for the Mease

Welcome to the ‘One Voice for the Mease’ web page

The River Mease is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for its valuable community of fish species and aquatic plants.


Measham SuDS

Trent Rivers Trust has managed the design and construction of a retro fit SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Scheme) to the Leisure Centre in Measham funded by the Catchment Partnership Action Fund.

This project has shown the value of a SuDS system to local people and what can be achieved through a partnership approach.

Working closely with stakeholders, funders and the site owners, Measham Parish Council, TRT and designers Robert Bray Associates have developed an exciting scheme which will showcase various techniques of retrofitting Suds an existing built environment.

This project uses the landscape to reduce flood risk and pollution by delivering a controlled flow of clean water into the River Mease SSSI/SAC. This benefits the local community, wildlife and helps to meet Water Framework Directive targets to achieve good ecological status.

Colin Manifold, the Chairman of Measham Parish Council says of the scheme:

“The project is a great asset for the Leisure Centre and village. It looks fantastic and is doing a good job of storing rain water, reducing flood risk in Measham.”

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Rugeley SuDS

We are working with Rugeley Town Council and other partners to develop a SuDS solution to store surface water and provide an engaging and attractive place of interest for the people of Rugeley.

The plans are under development but construction of the scheme is planned for 2018/19.

Other key partners in the project are Staffordshire County Council, the Environment Agency and Cannock Chase District Council.


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Mease SuDS Conference highlights the benefits of multi-functional SuDS Schemes

Mease SuDS Conference highlights the benefits of multi-functional SuDS Schemes

Over fifty delegates joined the Trent Rivers Trust and Natural England for a ground-breaking conference highlighting how the integration of high quality SuDS schemes can deliver many benefits for the river environment.

Delegates from housing developers, design companies, Local Lead Flood Authorities, water companies and environmental charities heard from some of the leading experts on SuDS scheme design and implementation at the Priest House Hotel on the banks of the River Trent.

An exciting agenda included Sue Illman, Managing Director with Illman Young who explained the process behind the design and implementation of SuDS schemes to ensure they can be seamlessly integrated into developments.

Dave Norton from Bob Bray Associates gave examples from their portfolio of exciting SuDS projects demonstrating how SuDS can provide more than simply a flood storage facility by delivering clean water and offering an attractive landscape feature.

Roger Nowell of Sheffield City Council set out the innovative approach the council takes to delivering SuDS on challenging affordable and social housing schemes in the city. The council has formed a housing company with a local developer and a housing association to ensure environmental benefits are a primary consideration within any new proposal.

Ian Butterfield outlined the significance of the River Mease catchment and why high quality SuDS schemes are key to protecting the conservation importance of the river environment.

Hannah Hogan and Victoria Coombes from Staffordshire and Leicestershire County Council spoke from the Lead Local Flood Authority perspective, setting out what they are looking for in a SuDS design as part of new development proposals.

For those wanting to know more about SuDS and the Mease catchment, please take a look at the documents below which provide more information and best practice guidance.

Natural England’s documents are: River Mease Standing Advice, River Mease Citation and the River Mease SAC COSA Update

Other documents include:

Staffordshire County Council SUDS handbook here

Evidence base for maintenance of SUDS features by SUSDRAIN here

Ciria SUDS manual here

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