Buckshole Reservoir works complete
Legally required works on Buckshole Reservoir to bring it up to the Environment Agency's new safety standards are now complete.
The new spillway channel which follows the route of the old channel will protect the dam from larger predicted flood events in the future.
Landscaping work to the area around the work site will be completed in the spring. This will include planting new trees to replace the ones that were removed for the project and reinstating the grass areas which have been used for access and the contractor's site compound. As a result, some areas of bare soil will remain from now until spring. These areas will be marked out with appropriate signage during the replanting phase.
Cllr Ali Roark, lead councillor for environment, said: "We are pleased this work is now complete, it has reduced the risk of flooding for the town. Thank you to all the users of the park for your patience while this work was being carried out. I look forward to seeing the park when the landscaping work has been completed."
Matt Gould, Project Manager from Jackson Civil Engineering, said: "On behalf of all Jackson Civil Engineering staff involved with the Buckshole Reservoir scheme, we are happy we delivered this project on behalf of Hastings Borough Council.
"Throughout the scheme protecting the environment, the public and maintaining the value of Alexandra Park was very important to us at Jackson. Our values run through every aspect of our works, they represent what we stand for, and ensure we stay true to our "good works" ethos.
"We understand this was a key project for the client, residents and everyone who enjoys spending time in this area."
The Stillwater Associates engineering team are proud to have designed and delivered this project on behalf of Hastings Borough Council which ensures that the reservoir meets current safety standards thereby protecting the downstream population from flooding. The works also benefit the community by enhancing the longevity of this important local landmark and landscape.
All the footpaths that were closed while the work was being done have now reopened.