Government brings forward £140M of flood defence programme
More than £140M of the £2.3bn six-year flood defence programme is to be brought forward to better protect more than 31,000 homes and businesses from flooding sooner than planned, the government has announced.
Outlining the latest move, Defra said 47 brand new schemes have been given the green light as part of the long-term investment programme, and work will start on another 165 flood defence projects earlier than previously announced.
Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss said: "We’ve already protected 230,000 homes from the risk of flooding and coastal erosion so far this Parliament. We’re now bringing forward more money to protect thousands more homes and businesses sooner than originally planned, as part of our long-term economic plan."
Defra said projects include:
- More than 2,100 properties in the North-west will be protected by the development of the Fairhaven and Church Scar Coast Protection scheme in Fylde, which is now scheduled to start three years earlier than previously planned.
- In the South-east, the Southsea Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management scheme is now scheduled to start development more than two years earlier.
- In Yorkshire, the development of the River Foss Flood Risk Management project will help protect up to 1,500 properties from surface water and river flooding
Environment Agency chairman Sir Philip Dilley said: "This programme of more than 1,500 flood risk management schemes will significantly reduce flood risk to more than 300,000 properties in England by 2021, benefiting people, the economy and the environment. Government funding has also been brought forward meaning that over 30,000 properties will benefit from reduced flood risk earlier than originally planned."
He said the priority is to do as much "as we can with every pound of funding" from government and local partners.
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