WORK to replace grids at a flooding hotspot in Catshill has started this week.

Contractors began preliminary works at the site in Green Lane with a view to installing new grids there over the next fortnight.

The Bromsgrove District Council project includes three additional grids in the village on Wildmoor Lane and Golden Cross Lane. These will be completed before April.

Once in place, the risk of blockages will be reduced with more water being allowed to pass unimpeded through the culverts, reducing the risk of flooding to a number of homes.

The work is part of an overall project to replace 13 grids across the district, costing £54,000.

The replacing of the five grids in Catshill is costing £18,000.

The remaining grids will be replaced at various locations across the district including the town’s bus station, All Saints Church, Little Heath Lane and The Strand. In Rubery they will be put in at New Road, St Chads and Beacon Close.

Conservate councillor for Catshill, Helen Jones, said: “Every time it rains residents are fearful that their homes will flood.

“I am pleased the works were passed by the council and it’s great to see them underway as it will mean peace of mind for so many people.”