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A major Road Rescue scheme in Holdenhurst Village has started as part of the Council’s campaign to improve roads in Bournemouth.

This area to the north of the town was badly affected by flooding last winter and is being targeted as part of this year’s Road Rescue initiative to address the damaging effects caused by the prolonged spell of heavy rainfall.

The work will involve a new drainage system being installed along Holdenhurst Village Road, aimed at reducing the risk of future localised road flooding and to also provide added protection from the future effects of rising river levels from the nearby River Stour.

Councillor Michael Filer, Cabinet member for transport, cleansing and waste, said: “Road Rescue is our road improvement programme which has delivered large scale resurfacing schemes across many of Bournemouth’s heavily used roads. The aim of Road Rescue is to bring our roads and pavements up to the standard expected by residents, businesses and motorists. The Holdenhurst Village area was unfortunately affected during the severe weather last winter so I am delighted that we are going to be able to deliver these improvements.”

Funding for the work will come from the Council’s £1million investment into its Road Rescue campaign in addition to the £349,312 received from the Government’s Severe Weather Recovery Scheme and £268,802 from the pothole repair fund earlier this year.

A wider area scheme, incorporating the repair and resurfacing of a number of the rural roads in the area, is planned for delivery before the onset of this year’s winter season.

Residents are encouraged to use the My Bournemouth app to report any potholes as well as many other environmental issues including graffiti, damaged pavements and faulty streetlights.


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