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 Name||Region||Total scheme cost £M||External funding £M|
|River Mersey Warrington FRM Scheme||North West||28.9||6.6|
|Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme||Northumbria||21||10.4|
|Sandwich Town Tidal Defences||Southern||19.9||10|
|Steart Managed Realignment||Wessex||19.9||0|
|Salmons Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme||Thames||8.4||3.9|
|River Tame, Whitacher, Tamworth and Fazeley, Coton,Flood Alleviation Scheme||Midlands||13.7||0|
|Littlehampton Arun Tidal Defences East Bank||Southern||11.5||0.7|
|Cromer Coast Protection Scheme||Anglian Eastern||10.2||0|
|Godmanchester Flood Defence Improvement Scheme||Anglian Central||8.8||3.7|
|Chelmsford Flood Alleviation Scheme||Anglian Eastern||8.6||5.1|
|Deal Sea Defences - Sandwich Bay||Southern||8.1||0|
|Hatton, Scropton & Egginton, Lower River Dove, Flood Alleviation Scheme||Midlands||7.1||2|
|River Irwell, Salford Asset Management||North West||6.7||0|
|Whittlesey Washes Reservoir Works||Anglian Northern||5.2||0|
|Portsmouth Hotspot 14 (Flap Valve, Sever Disconnection, Storage) SWMP phase 1||Southern||0.3||0|
|Thames Weirs High Priority Programme Package 2||Thames||4.3||0.3|
|Seaton Carew Northern Management Unit Phase 2||Northumbria||4.1||0.1|
|Leigh East Flood Risk Management Scheme||North West||3.6||0|
|Water End Flood Alleviation Scheme, York||Yorkshire||3.4||1|
|Rawcliffe Bridge Embankment Repairs, River Don||Yorkshire||3.3||0|
|Northallerton (Sun and Turker Becks) Flood Alleviation Scheme||Yorkshire||3.2||0|
|Mill Beck Reservoir Works, Market Weighton||Yorkshire||3.2||0|
|Penton Hook Restoration||Thames||3||0|
|Newbury Flood Alleviation Scheme||Thames||2.5||0.3|
|Beverley Brook at Worcester Park||Thames||2.2||1.3|
|Lewsey Park Flood Storage Area||Thames||1.9||0.8|
|West Wittering Flood Banks||Southern||1.7||0.6|
|Hartlepool Town Wall Model Study & Construction||Northumbria||1.6||0|
|Dartford Security Emergency Works||Thames||1.5||0|
|Leigh Barrier Mechanical Improvements Phase 2||Southern||1.5||0|
|Portsmouth Hotspot 9 - Flap Valve and Storage (Surface Water Management Plan)||Southern||1.4||0|
|Warnham Mill Reservoir - work to conform to the Reservoirs Act||Southern||1.4||0|
|Gilberdyke & Blacktoft Flood Management Project||Yorkshire||1.2||0.6|
|Rolle Quay Flood Defence repair, Barnstaple||South West||1.2||0|
|Upstream Thames Weirs Guard Pile Replace||Thames||0.9||0|
|Severn Estuary, Severn Vale Water Management Plan||Midlands||0.9||0|
|River Wey Strategy Works (Weirs Phase1)||Thames||0.9||0|
|Eastrington & Laxton Flood Management Project||Yorkshire||0.8||0.5|
|Upper Thurne Water Level Management Plan - Brograve Ochre & Salinity||Anglian Eastern||0.8||0|
|Saddler’s Mill Stream Culvert Refurbishment||Thames||0.7||0.7|
|Scarborough North Bay Urgent Seawall Repair Programme||Yorkshire||0.7||0|
|Lubbesthorpe Brook, Lubbesthorpe, Leicester, Flood Alleviation Scheme||Midlands||0.7||0.5|
|Fairford Critical Evaluation||Thames||0.6||0.7|
|Thames Barrier Peir Fenders||Thames||0.6||0|
|Roaring Gutter Island bank stabilisation||Southern||0.5||0.3|
|Colchester East Mills Sluice||Anglian Eastern||0.5||0|
|Tilbury East Dock Channel||Anglian Eastern||0.4||0|
|Theobalds Flood Storage Area Embankment Repairs||Thames||0.4||0|
|Jack’s Key Reservoir Interim Safety Works||North West||0.4||0|
|Bridge Road Emsworth, Flood Alleviation Works||Southern||0.4||0.3|
|Kirkley Stream||Anglian Eastern||0.4||0.1|
|Mill Avon, Tewkesbury, Abbey Mill Fishbelly Sluice, Gate Inspection & Stop logs||Midlands||0.3||0|
|Plymouth, The Plym, Arnolds Point,sea wall reconstruction||South West||0.3||0|
|Hirst Marsh Pumping Station||Yorkshire||0.3||0|
|Portsmouth Hotspot 6 - Storage (SWMP Phase 1)||Southern||0.3||0|
|Hobhole Sluice Door||Anglian Northern||0.3||0|
|Skidby Appraisal and Construction||Yorkshire||0.3||0.3|
|Kerridge Pumping Station Improvement Works||Anglian Central||0.3||0.1|
|Cockermouth (to start by end of current financial year)||6||1.1|