WARRINGTON Borough Council will be billed up to £400,000 for flood defence improvement works.

The authority has been holding discussions with the Environment Agency over its upcoming flood management scheme along the Penketh and Whittle Brook main river corridors.

The council’s executive board has approved funding of up to £400,000 from the capital programme for its contribution to the scheme.

The project will provide protection to around 225 residential properties in the immediate vicinity of the planned works, while delivering enhanced ‘highway network resilience’.

The overall price of the scheme, including future costs, is expected to total £3,693,000.

In his report to members, Cllr Hans Mundry, executive board member for highways, transportation and public realm, said: “The risk of flooding from Whittle Brook has been mitigated by flood defence improvement works undertaken in 1975, 1984 and 1995, which consisted primarily of raised defences.

“However, the level of flood defence currently provided falls below the indicative standard we would hope to provide for such an area and any existing defences are approaching the end of their design life.”