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Government pledges funding for 39 new flood defence schemes

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has today announced 39 new flood and coastal defence projects as part of Government plans to reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion in England.

Of these new projects 21 will provide additional protection to over 13,000 households at risk of flooding. The remainder mainly relate to vital repairs and safety enhancements to existing defences.

Over the next year £521M will be spent managing flood risks, with investment in the new schemes, ongoing work or completion of 108 projects already under construction, and a further 187 schemes receiving funding for development work such as feasibility studies, for possible construction in future years.

The allocation for 2011/12 also covers maintenance of existing defences, developing flood forecasting technologies and heightening public awareness of flood risk.

The government expects to spend at least £2.1bn on flooding and coastal erosion over the next four years and improve protection for at least 145,000 homes.

“Protecting homes from the threat of flooding and coastal erosion is incredibly important for the government, and schemes which will contribute the most in terms of protection to households and economic benefit per pound spent have been prioritised,” said environment minister Richard Benyon.

However, Government funding for schemes starting in 2012/13 and beyond will be subject to the outcomes of the current consultation on funding reforms.

Some of the key flood and coastal erosion defence projects planned to benefit from funding in the 2011/12 financial year include:

Shaldon, Devon Completion of a £8.4M scheme to protect over 450 properties from the risk of tidal flooding

Pevensey Bay, East Sussex Continued funding for this 25-year public private partnership scheme to provide protection for 17,000 properties along the coast between Eastbourne and Bexhill-on-Sea

Nottingham Ongoing construction of this £51M scheme to protect 16,000 homes and businesses along a 27km stretch of the River Trent

Redcar Redcar and Cleveland Ongoing construction work on this £25.5M scheme to reduce the risk of coastal flooding to more than 1,000 properties when completed

Felixstowe, Suffolk funding for Suffolk Coastal District Council to begin work on a new £8M scheme to reduce the risk of coastal erosion and flooding to more than 1,600 homes and businesses, including the Port of Felixstowe

Upper Mole Flood Alleviation Scheme, West Sussex continuing construction work on this £15M scheme that will protect over 1,000 properties in Crawley and Horley when completed

Keswick, Cumbria funding to begin work on a new £5.7M scheme to protect 180 properties from the River Derwent.

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