Local flood defence schemes across the South West have received a boost of £721,000 after the Environment Agency’s South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) agreed to increase funding by 20% last week.
The money will be raised through an existing levy on council tax and will be used to deliver important local projects and develop new schemes to compete for funding from the central government budget, allocated by Department for Food Environment and Rural Affairs.
Projects that will benefit from the additional funding will be announced following an Environment Agency board meeting on 8 February 2012.
“The increase of 20 per cent is a clear statement of the Committee’s determination to address the backlog of flood defence needs in Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay and the Isles of Scilly, particularly following the repeated flooding throughout 2012 which saw over 1,000 properties flooded in 200 locations,’ said RFCC chairman James Morrish.
The Committee will be looking to use the money raised to benefit communities in Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay and the Isles of Scilly.