Previously called the “Southampton Pathfinder Project”, the Belsize Flood Resilience Project focused on properties in the lower Priory Road / Adelaide Road area of St Denys, where flood risk was considered highest. A small number of properties within the significant flood risk area were invited to get involved in the project and benefit from the installation of property level flood protection measures.
The project name was chosen by local residents… before the Quay 2000 apartment block was built the Belsize Boatyard occupied the site adjacent to the Priory Road Public Hard and the Horseshoe Bridge.
Background to the Project
The Defra (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) Community Flood Resilience Pathfinder Scheme was set up in December 2012 to help 13 communities across the UK implement innovative projects to help protect homes and businesses from the increasing risk of flooding. Under this scheme, in April 2013 the Southampton City Council secured a £472,000 grant to work with the community of lower Priory Road and Adelaide Road in St Denys to help mitigate flood risk.
The grant funding enabled the creation of the Belsize Flood Resilience Project to improve household and community flood resilience in St Denys – an area identified by the Southampton Coastal Strategy (2012) as being at risk of tidal flooding. The recommendations outlined in the strategy for managing the risk of flooding in this area include the delivery of individual property level protection (PLP) measures in order to reduce the potential damage caused by flooding.
The project was delivered by Southampton City Council in close partnership with the National Flood Forum, an independent charity set up to support and represent flood risk communities, and ran until March 2015.
What were the aims of the project?
The Belsize Flood Resilience Project aimed to:
- Raise awareness and improve understanding of flood risk in St Denys to help increase community preparedness to various types of flooding (including tidal, groundwater and surface water flooding).
- Carry out a property survey and install the required property level protection (PLP) measures to properties within the significant flood risk area, ensuring each household has the equipment required to reduce the potential damage caused by flooding.
- Provide residents with the necessary equipment (such as road closure signs) to enable the community to carry out local response actions in the event of a flood.
- Work with consultants and insurance brokers to try to help reduce insurance premiums by demonstrating the reduction in flood risk as a result of installing PLP measures.
Publications issued during the project including Project Newsletters and Leaflets are available from this web site.