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42 new flood schemes: none in flood-hit Devon or Cornwall

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

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None of 42 new flood defence schemes announced by the Government yesterday are in Devon, Cornwall or Somerset - despite the counties being battered by storms.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said the new schemes are planned for 2014/15, as he hailed the Government's £3.1 billion capital investment commitment as the largest by any government.

But a map featuring the 42 projects – produced by the Environment Agency and published on Twitter by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – showed the flood-hit far South West had been overlooked.

In a press release, the Environment Agency sent a list of some of the schemes in the South West that are said to be part of the announcement – but of the seven schemes mentioned it included £30 million of defences in Exeter that had already been unveiled.

New schemes announced today included the £9.4 million Port Clarence and Greatham scheme in Teesside, a £4 million scheme in Croston, Lancashire, and a £2.5 million scheme on the Upper River Tame in Titford.

A total of £344 million will be spent on capital projects this year, Defra said.

Floods Minister Dan Rogerson said: "More money than ever before is being invested in flood defences and the new schemes will give greater security to thousands of homes and businesses that have previously feared flooding."

Lord Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, said: "These schemes will go towards improved protection for over 165,000 properties in the four years to 2015 – 20,000 more than our target. Our priority is to do as much as we can with every pound of funding."

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  • ArtfulDodger  |  February 07 2014, 4:43PM

    Most of the areas are SNP or Labour Bob :-)

  • millenniumbob  |  February 07 2014, 12:27PM

    Which of the areas getting the flood defences are borderline Conservative constituencies?