A FLOODING hotspot is set to receive much-needed attention with a project to raise the road level which is due to get underway on Monday.

Island Road regularly floods during periods of heavy rainfall and is located next to the River Kennet.

The entire project is being funded by developer Evander Properties and without an agreement the council could have spent nearly £500,000 on the scheme.

Councillor Tony Page, deputy leader of the council, said: “Regular visitors to Island Road will be aware of the flooding which occurs following a period of heavy or prolonged rain.

“The costs of these improvement works are significant and are being fully funded by the developer of the new industrial units on Island Road, as part of a planning agreement negotiated by the council.

“In the short term, visitors to Smallmead are being asked to build in some extra time for their journeys as the temporary traffic lights will inevitably cause some delays, particularly over the weekends when there is always a spike in the number of people visiting.

"We thank residents for their patience whilst these important works take place.”

The flood alleviation scheme is likely to cause some delays to visitors of the Smallmead Recycling Centre from January 15 onwards.