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Sixty flood defence schemes win share of £250M cash pot to start construction

The Environment Agency has unveiled a raft of new flood defence schemes that have won a share of a £250M funding pot to begin construction from April.

In total 60 flood and coastal defence schemes will begin construction in the next financial year (see table, below).

Local communities and the private sector are providing £52M of the cash as part of the Agency’s new partnership funding approach to boost the number of schemes starting on site. This takes the total amount raised by the partnership approach since its launch in May 2011 to £72M.

The Agency’s funding settlement from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) was cut by £170M in the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review. Defra is now investing £2.17bn in preventing flooding during this spending period to 2015.

Partnership funding in action

The Agency has committed to maintaining its target of protecting an additional 145,000 homes from flooding in this period, and is using the partnership approach to top up funding.

As an example, in South Derbyshire, Nestlé has contributed £1.7M to a £7M scheme to protect 1,600 homes and further financial contributions have been made from industry, the community and local landowners.

And in Sandwich in Kent a large pharmaceutical company is providing £10M towards a £19.9M scheme.

Earlier this month Environment Agency director of flood and coastal risk management David Rooke told NCE that the partnership approach was yielding results. “There are some good examples of these schemes already,” he said. “We want the outcome of this scheme to be that even more projects are delivered and there is more protection to more communities.”

Over 25,000 more homes will be better protected from flooding by the new defence schemes announced today.

Those given the go ahead today are in locations including Warrington in Cheshire, protecting over 1,900 households, Salmon’s Brook in North London, protecting over 1,300 households, and Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire, protecting over 300 households.


Schemes awarded funding for a start next financial year

Project NameRegionTotal scheme cost £MExternal funding £M
River Mersey Warrington FRM SchemeNorth West28.96.6
Morpeth Flood Alleviation SchemeNorthumbria2110.4
Sandwich Town Tidal DefencesSouthern19.910
Steart Managed RealignmentWessex19.90
Salmons Brook Flood Alleviation SchemeThames8.43.9
River Tame, Whitacher, Tamworth and Fazeley, Coton,Flood Alleviation SchemeMidlands13.70
Littlehampton Arun Tidal Defences East BankSouthern11.50.7
Cromer Coast Protection SchemeAnglian Eastern10.20
Godmanchester Flood Defence Improvement SchemeAnglian Central8.83.7
Chelmsford Flood Alleviation SchemeAnglian Eastern8.65.1
Deal Sea Defences - Sandwich BaySouthern8.10
Greatham North Northumbria7.20
Hatton, Scropton & Egginton, Lower River Dove, Flood Alleviation SchemeMidlands7.12
River Irwell, Salford Asset ManagementNorth West6.70
Whittlesey Washes Reservoir WorksAnglian Northern5.20
Portsmouth Hotspot 14 (Flap Valve, Sever Disconnection, Storage) SWMP phase 1Southern0.30
Thames Weirs High Priority Programme Package 2Thames4.30.3
Seaton Carew Northern Management Unit Phase 2Northumbria4.10.1
Leigh East Flood Risk Management SchemeNorth West3.60
Water End Flood Alleviation Scheme, YorkYorkshire3.41
Rawcliffe Bridge Embankment Repairs, River DonYorkshire3.30
Northallerton (Sun and Turker Becks) Flood Alleviation SchemeYorkshire3.20
Mill Beck Reservoir Works, Market Weighton Yorkshire3.20
Penton Hook RestorationThames30
Newbury Flood Alleviation SchemeThames2.50.3
Beverley Brook at Worcester ParkThames2.21.3
Lewsey Park Flood Storage AreaThames1.90.8
West Wittering Flood BanksSouthern1.70.6
Hartlepool Town Wall Model Study & ConstructionNorthumbria1.60
Dartford Security Emergency WorksThames1.50
Leigh Barrier Mechanical Improvements Phase 2Southern1.50
Portsmouth Hotspot 9 - Flap Valve and Storage (Surface Water Management Plan)Southern1.40
Warnham Mill Reservoir - work to conform to the Reservoirs ActSouthern1.40
Gilberdyke & Blacktoft Flood Management ProjectYorkshire1.20.6
Rolle Quay Flood Defence repair, BarnstapleSouth West1.20
Upstream Thames Weirs Guard Pile ReplaceThames0.90
Severn Estuary, Severn Vale Water Management PlanMidlands0.90
River Wey Strategy Works (Weirs Phase1)Thames0.90
Eastrington & Laxton Flood Management ProjectYorkshire0.80.5
Upper Thurne Water Level Management Plan - Brograve Ochre & SalinityAnglian Eastern0.80
Saddler’s Mill Stream Culvert RefurbishmentThames0.70.7
Scarborough North Bay Urgent Seawall Repair ProgrammeYorkshire0.70
Lubbesthorpe Brook, Lubbesthorpe, Leicester, Flood Alleviation SchemeMidlands0.70.5
Fairford Critical EvaluationThames0.60.7
Thames Barrier Peir Fenders Thames0.60
Roaring Gutter Island bank stabilisationSouthern0.50.3
Colchester East Mills SluiceAnglian Eastern0.50
Tilbury East Dock ChannelAnglian Eastern0.40
Theobalds Flood Storage Area Embankment RepairsThames0.40
Jack’s Key Reservoir Interim Safety WorksNorth West0.40
Bridge Road Emsworth, Flood Alleviation WorksSouthern0.40.3
Kirkley StreamAnglian Eastern0.40.1
Mill Avon, Tewkesbury, Abbey Mill Fishbelly Sluice, Gate Inspection & Stop logs Midlands0.30
Cranleigh WatercoursesThames0.30.3
Plymouth, The Plym, Arnolds Point,sea wall reconstructionSouth West0.30
Hirst Marsh Pumping StationYorkshire0.30
Portsmouth Hotspot 6 - Storage (SWMP Phase 1)Southern0.30
Hobhole Sluice DoorAnglian Northern0.30
Skidby Appraisal and ConstructionYorkshire0.30.3
Kerridge Pumping Station Improvement WorksAnglian Central0.30.1
Cockermouth (to start by end of current financial year) 61.1
Total 250.752.3


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