Flooding caused widespread damage and disruption last winter

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Ministers commit to 1,400 flood defence projects

Around 1,400 flood defence schemes are due to be taken forward by the Government.

Tuesday 02 December 2014

Around 300,000 homes will be offered further protection from extreme weather, after the Government committed to invest in more than 1,400 flood defence schemes.

Ministers have previously committed to provide a sum of £2.3 billion to flood protection projects, as part of their wider infrastructure objectives.

The Treasury has now revealed the places where it intends to spend this money over the coming six years.

Bolstering flood defences

A flood defence scheme in the Thames Estuary is due to be handed an investment worth £196 million.

Meanwhile, among other key projects, some £80 million will be allocated to a Humber Estuary scheme.

Following on from the flooding which caused major disruption last winter, ministers have said that £15.5 million will be spent on defence projects in Somerset between now and 2020.

The Somerset Levels and Moors region will be handed a £4.2 million share of this.

‘Vital investments’

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said today’s (2 December) announcement is important, in light of the winter floods.

He added: “The projects we are announcing today will protect some of the country's most at-risk locations, ensuring that we will be as prepared as possible for future severe weather.”

Wider economic implications

As well as protecting people’s properties from the impact of flooding, the funding commitment is expected to have positive economic implications.

For instance, some officials have suggested that economic damage worth around £30 billion could be prevented thanks to the six-year scheme.

Elsewhere, the Coalition said a sum of £17 million will be handed to Tonbridge, Yalding and surrounding communities in Kent, as they seek to protect themselves from flood damage.

The Boston barrier in Lincolnshire is to receive £73 million, while the Oxford western conveyance scheme has secured a £42 million commitment.

Tidal energy scheme

As part of its broader proposals to boost the country’s infrastructure networks, the Government said that it is to hold discussions regarding the potential construction of a tidal lagoon energy plant in Swansea Bay.

These talks will determine whether the proposals for the bay offer value for money and are actually affordable.

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“The projects we are announcing today will protect some of the country's most at-risk locations, ensuring that we will be as prepared as possible for future severe weather.” Danny Alexander, The chief secretary

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