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Cumbrian residents may have to pay for flood defences

A proposed flood risk management scheme in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth may have to be partly paid for by locals, the Environment Agency has said.

The Agency is currently finalising designs for a proposed defence scheme for the town, which was badly hit by flooding in November 2009. However, the Agency said the scheme may only be granted partial government funding under the new Payment-for-Outcomes model which sees communities asked to raise funds to make up the funding shortfall for their local scheme.

“As the detailed design progresses, we will confirm the amount of contribution we will need to raise for the Cockermouth Flood Risk Management Scheme,” the Agency said. “Our project team will continue to work with the Cockermouth Flood Action Group and the local community to raise funds and identify where savings could be made to reduce the overall cost of the proposed scheme, such as design and construction costs.”

The proposed scheme will reduce the risk of flooding from the River Derwent and River Cocker to around 360 homes and 55 businesses in Cockermouth. It includes a new flood wall along Rubby Banks Road, and the Agency will next week exhibit detailed designs for that part of the project insitu, along the existing flood wall.

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  • Barry Walton

    Doubtless the insurance companies will be prepared to apply some of the future potential losses that they will no longer face. Or willl they be dishing that out in reduced premiums? How long do you wish to hold your breath?

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