Burton Flood Risk Management Scheme Information

Closes 31 Jul 2022

Opened 10 Dec 2018


Updated 11 March 2022 - next update due 31 May 2022


Burton is entwined with the River Trent, its history is fundamentally linked to the river and its growth has depended on it.

Before the defences were built flood events regularly impacted on Burton.

Approximately 9km of defences; walls, embankments and high ground, first built as a result of the 1932 floods, currently protect Burton. Without these defences the town would regularly experience flooding.

On 17 February 2020, when the water level was at its highest, the defences stood firm. The photo below shows how the water reached up to the flood defences by Meadowside Leisure Centre and the library.

Image of the river reaching up to the defences by the library and leisure centre

It was a reminder of how important it is to have good defences protecting Burton.

We last improved parts of the defences in 2005-07, known as ‘Phase 1’ of the current programme of works.

We are now at the final phases on phase 2, upgrading the rest of the defences, not tackled in 2005-07, and tying into phase 1, so that Burton has a single set of defences at the same level. The current works amount to about 3.7km of defence work.

The figure below shows red lines on the locations where we have improved the defences.

Image showing in red what parts of the flood defences we will be working on

Our objectives for the Burton Flood Risk Management project are:

  • To improve flood defences for over 4,500 homes and 1000 businesses
  • To provide additional environmental improvements- work with partners, such as East Staffordshire Borough Council, to help achieve more than just flood defences
  • Engage with the town and it’s communities to educate them about the flood risk and the defences - highlighting that the river is at the heart of this community

What we have done

We improved the quality of the defences currently already protecting Burton from river flooding.
Part of the current defences were at the end of their life span. If we didn’t improve the defences they could have ‘breached’ and cause parts of Burton to flood. 
The photos below show erosion to the previous embankment at Regatta Lane allotments, caused by high foot fall and the same location now the work has been completed.


Image showing wear and tear of daily use of current flood embankment by Regatta Lane allotments


View of the new flood defences by Regatta Lane Allotments

The scheme provides Burton with a better level of protection from the River Trent.

The main aim of this scheme is to improve the quality of the flood defences by using better material, such as sheet piling (driving metal plates into the ground) where required or replacing the current embankment with a clay core embankment. The method of construction is dependent on what was already in place and what space we have to work with.

More detail on what we are doing in your area can be requested by contacting the Public Liaison officer- details provided on the top right hand side of this page.

Project funding

Costs are currently approximately £28 million. The scheme is funded by flood defence grant in aid  Local Levy funding support and funding from Greater Birmingham Local Enterprise Partnership.


We started construction in June 2019 and construction is now largely complete. After the 2020 flooding we identified a further area of concerns along the A38. We have started investigatory work on this location and expect to have completed this element of the scheme by Summer 2022.

For the main scheme construction is now complete. We have opened all public areas back to the public.  

Opening Event

We celebrated the completion of the main scheme with a small scale Covid friendly opening event in July 2021.

Burton Project Team members celebrating the opening of the Burton Flood scheme

The plaque commemorating the opening event on the new flood wall by the library

The plaque commemorating the opening event on the new flood wall by the library

We have erected 3 information boards along the line of the defences. They each describe the history of flooding and of the flood defences in Burton and inform residents about the work carried out to upgrade the defences over recent years. (Please note image shows 1 of the boards twice, to illustrate it's location - there are 3 boards in total.)

Information boards

A38 works

As mentioned above, the 2020 flooding of 18 properties and the A38 identified concerns for flooding to 300 properties (in extreme flood events) in the area by Branston Water Park off the A38. After initial investigation in 2020 we developed a solution that could be delivered by the contractors delivering our main Burton scheme.

The work aims to contain flood water backing up from the River Trent in the Tatenhill Brook channel and stops this then flowing back up the highways drainage system, STWs drainage system and overtopping onto the A38. This have been achieved using a combination of sheet piled walls, embankments and non-return valves.

image showing the proposed line of the works near the entrance to Branston Water Park

We started construction in June 2021, with a view for this to be completed by Summer 2022.

Progress in areas highlighted on the map below is:

Area 1 - works complete; fencing and landscaping work ongoing

Area 2 - works almost complete - penstock work ongoing.

Area 3 - night work and land closure works are complete. Flood defense is in place and finishing works are ongoing. The piles walls are complete. The flow control structure and landscaping works are continuing.

Works area map

Piling work started near the A38 on 27 July 2021

Piling work on the A38 section of the scheme commenced on 27 July 2021

Piling work on the A38 section of the scheme commenced on 27 July 2021

Winter Readiness

Should the River Trent rise significantly before the works are complete, and pose a flood risk, we will put temporary measures in place. With much of the defences in place, we just need to plug gaps at a small number of locations.

Engaging with communities

We have been engaging with residents along the flood embankment since late 2017 to make them aware of the planned work and to ensure that they can feed in any comments and concerns.

We continue to engage with residents as we are completing the works near their properties.  

We continue to liaise with people on our database, post newsletters in notice boards and to houses directly impacted by some of our work and remain available by phone and through our email. We have attended virtual  meetings over recent months  and will be happy to attend other virtual meetings where invited. 

You can sign up to our database by contacting the Public Liaison Officer on the details on the top right hand side of this page.

Environmental improvements -Washlands Strategy

We have supported East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) in successfully securing £3m from Greater Birmingham Local Enterprise Partnership. This will enable additional public realm enhancements beyond the scope of the flood defence works around the library and leisure centre area.

The enhancements will create a feature wetland area with a boardwalk and improvements to the public realm.  ESBC will lead these works but we have delivered some of the public realm works where it forms part of, or is close to, the flood defence scheme.  We have now largely finished the flood defence works, but the public realm works may appear unfinished. They will be completed as part of phase 2 of the public realm improvements, led by ESBC between April 2021 and March 2022

The image below shows who is responsible for which part of the works in this location;

Blue areas have been enhanced as part of the flood defence works, as phase 1. Red area as part of phase 2 by ESBC.

image showing areas which will be enhanced as part of the flood defence work and which are done later by ESBC

More information about the vision can be found on: www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/washlands-project 


Please keep visiting our information page as we will be updating it every two to three months. Our next update is due 31 May 2022. This page will be open to the public until the end of construction in 2022.

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Give Us Your Views

If you want any further information, or wish to make any comments on the proposals, please contact the Public Liaison Officer (details at top of page on right hand side)

More information about the Washlands Strategy Consultation here

Visit our website here to find out more about what you can do to reduce the impact of flooding on you and your property.




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