Works to reduce flooding to 700 homes and businesses in Northwich have begun.

Flood defences are being installed in nine sections along the rivers Dane and Weaver in a project jointly funded by the Environment Agency, the Government and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Mark Garratt, flood and coastal risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Work to reduce flood risk has progressed well on Weaver Way, Water Street, Marine Approach Park.

“We’re now commencing the most intensive and large scale phase of works on the Bullring, Hayhurst Quay Marina and on the right bank of the River Dane.

“While there will be some short term disruption, these flood defences are a huge long term gain for people and businesses in Northwich.”

Access to Northwich Quay Marina will be maintained while work – which are expected to be completed in November – is under way at the site.

Works on the right bank of the River Dane have also started and will involve creating a working area in the park area and along the river bank.

Businesses in this area will remain open throughout the construction.

Building work at the Bull Ring has also started, through the use of a piling ring on a pontoon in the Weaver Navigation.

Normal use of the Weaver Navigation should not be impacted during this operation, which is expected to take around three weeks.

Works on Weaver Court will start in September.

Cllr Brian Clarke , executive member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “The council continues to work in partnership with the Environment Agency on this vital flood defence for the ongoing regeneration of Northwich.

“The scheme will help to secure the future prosperity of Northwich, increasing confidence of investors in the area and protect the town centre from serious flooding for many years to come.”