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Flood schemes to benefit from 40m fund

The Government has announced the 13 flood schemes that will benefit from 40m of additional funding, announced in the 2017 budget.

They believe more than 7,000 properties will be better protected against flooding, including over 5,000 homes. This additional money is part of their 2.6bn investment from 2015 to 2021 to fund 1,500 flood defence schemes.

In the statement, they say the schemes will ‘unlock flood defence schemes and help support economic growth and regeneration in areas that have suffered from flooding in recent years.’

Schemes benefitting include 1.2m to improve the harbour wall in Weymouth and 10m to a scheme to protect deprived communities in the St. Austell Bay area of Cornwall.

Five flood schemes in the north of England will receive 17.4m, including Rochdale in Greater Manchester who will receive a total of 5m to develop one of the largest inland flood schemes in the region.

Environment Minister Thrse Coffey said: ‘This extra funding for flood defences will unlock schemes that will better protect thousands of homes and businesses against flooding, supporting regeneration in important towns and villages in the north and coastal communities.

‘It will boost our resilience as a nation and help our communities to grow and prosper.’

Reacting to the announcement, Paul Cobbin, chief executive of the National Flood Forum said: ‘This is good news for communities receiving grant aid. Many of them have recent experience of being flooded and this will reduce their risk of suffering again in the future.’

A full list of the projects benefitting is below.

ProjectLocationAdditional funding (m)Potential leveraging of partnership funding contributions (m)
Egremont, Skirting Beck defence improvementsCumbria1.604
St Austell Bar Resilient Regeneration Project Par & St BlazeyCornwall10.794.8
Portreath Flood Alleviation SchemeCornwall1.500.5
Paul stream channel/culvert refurbishmentsCornwall0.680.1
Great Yarmouth Flood Defence improvementsNorfolk5.401.5
Wiggenhall, Tidal River Bank improvements Great Ouse Tidal EmbankmentsNorfolk0.200.1
River Roch, Rochdale & Littleborough Flood Alleviation SchemeGreater Manchester5.002.0
Radcliffe & Redvales Flood Risk Management SchemeGreater Manchester7.002.0
Humber, Winteringham and South Ferriby tidal defence improvementsNorth Lincolnshire1.905.6
Corbridge Flood Alleviation SchemeNorthumberland0.140.4
Weymouth harbour wall improvement worksDorset1.20Additional contributions being secured as part of the development of the wider strategy to further improve defences.
Fowlea Brook Flood Risk Management SchemeStaffordshire0.50.5
Holderness Drain Flood Alleviation Scheme & East Hull and Gt CulvertYorkshire3.702.6


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