The Kenmont Rain Garden scheme will now be created early next year by Hammersmith & Fulham Council. It involves pulling up paving slabs and bollards at the junction of Kenmont Gardens and Ponsard Road to create a pedestrianised area with a permeable surface that lets rain water drain through to recessed planters and underground storage cells. These then allow the water to enter the existing sewer system gradually, meaning sewers are less likely to overflow in times of heavy rain.
Trees, timber benches and new LED street lights will be added, and a shallow oval pool in the middle will be designed to fill with water after the biggest downpours, encouraging children to play.
The rain garden is the first of several Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) projects planned by the council over the coming year to bring some local relief to London’s overburdened sewers.
Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Residents’ Services, said: “This fantastic project will create a much-needed green area for residents of College Park to enjoy, while also helping to reduce the chances of local flooding.
“We will closely monitor the effectiveness of this pilot scheme and look forward to working with residents elsewhere to transform other pockets of our borough.”
Work is due start at the end of November and will take around three months to complete.