St Levan Park Public Consultation

Overview

Plymouth City Council, working in partnership with the Environment Agency and South West Water Services Limited, are investigating opportunities to reduce and better manage flood risk in St Levan Park and its surrounding area.  We would aim to:

  • reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses in the local area by safely storing water in the park during heavy rainfall, enabling the drainage system downstream of the park to cope better
  • improve park facilities
  • improve biodiversity within the park

Public consultation

The public consultation has now closed.  Thank you to everyone who came to speak to us at the events and those people who have provided comments and completed surveys.  We will now carefully review all of your valuable responses and will prepare a report. That report will be accessible from this webpage in due course.

Building Resilience in Communities Team

Plymouth City Council’s Building Resilience in Communities (BRIC) Team will be working with people in the St Levan area to raise flood risk awareness. Opportunities to get involved include:

  • becoming a member of a newly created community Flood Action Group
  • helping to produce a story map to celebrate St Levan Park, the local area and heroes
  • attending flood awareness sessions

For more information, contact the BRIC team (bric@plymouth.gov.uk).

Green Minds

Plymouth City Council’s Green Minds project aims to put nature at the heart of its decision-making, recognising its role in shaping a healthy future for all. If you would like to know more about the project, visit our Green Minds webpage.

Flooding and the local area

Why does the St Levan Park area flood?  

  • During heavy rain, very steep roads funnel surface water down to the low-lying zone around St Levan Park
  • The combined foul and surface water sewer system can be overwhelmed by the large amount of surface water entering it
  • If heavy rainfall coincides with a high tide, the water exits from the sewer can become ‘tide-locked’, causing a backup in the drainage system

This can often mean that the park turns from:

To:

Why is this flooding an issue?

  • It can have a massive impact upon people’s homes and family life, often leading to increased mental health issues
  • Fully drying out a home, then repairing and restoring it costs on average £20,000 to £45,000
  • Road closures cause disruption to commuters, local residents and local businesses

How might changes improve people’s lives?

  • Less likelihood of flooded properties in vulnerable streets, so residents at risk would feel safer
  • Roads and pavements less likely to be closed because of flood water
  • An improved local park, with a richer habitat for wildlife and more opportunities to connect with nature