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Investing in 1400 new flood defence projects to help protect 300,000 homes

December 4, 2014 11:19 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander is today (December 2) announcing more than 1400 new flood defence projects providing better protection for 300,000 homes.

The flood defence scheme is worth £2.3bn and forms part of the new National Infrastructure Plan (NIP), a 6 year programme to help prevent more than £30bn of economic damage caused as a result of flooding.

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Flood defence projects announced today include:

  • £80m for the Humber Estuary
  • More than £17m for Tonbridge, Yalding and the surrounding communities
  • £196m for the Thames Estuary programme
  • £73m for the Boston Barrier/Barrage
  • £42m for the Oxford Western Conveyance
  • £47m for the Rossall Coastal Defence Improvement

In Somerset, £15.5m will be spent on flood defences over the next 6 years, providing protection to 7,000 properties and including £4.2m to be spent on the Somerset Levels and Moors.

This forms part of the government's committed of at least £35m to Somerset from this year until 2021.

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:

"We all saw the destruction and heartache caused by flooding last year and that is why this investment is vital to build Britain's defences for the future.

"The projects we are announcing today will protect some of the country's most at risk locations ensuing that we will be as prepared as possible for future severe weather."