Somerset flood agencies welcome £13million Government funding

This is The West Country: Somerset flood agencies welcome £13million Government funding Somerset flood agencies welcome £13million Government funding

AGENCIES working to reduce the risk and impact of flooding have welcomed Government investment of up to £13m for works as part of Somerset Flood Action Plan.

The money is part of the Growth Fund and has been awarded to the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) - £3.55m has been awarded for flooding alleviation works in 2015/16, and a further £9.5m for future years.

The planned works include increasing the capacity of the Sowy, land management and further dredging.

At its meeting on Monday the Leaders Implementation Group, which drives the work on the Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan, said the money will make a big difference and is a significant step forward.

Councillor John Osman, Chair of the Leaders Implementation Group and Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “Much of the work set out in the plan has yet to be funded so this is great news.

“Without the money we cannot make the plan a reality and this considerable sum will allow many things to move forward.

“The actions in the plan cannot stop flooding, but they can reduce the frequency, duration and severity of flooding and we want to drive the work forwards as soon as we can.”

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson visited the Somerset Levels and Moors on Monday to announce Growth Fund investment across the region.

The Flood Action Plan is being delivered by a range of agencies coordinated by Somerset County Council. It will guide water and land management policies and investment on the Levels and Moors for the next 20 years.

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9:04am Tue 8 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

It is a great pity, that the Environment Agency, are still seemingly a Law unto themselves, as I heard yesterday, from Builders Contracted to Carry out the essential work on Properties in the Village of Moorland, that they have received 2 days Notification Only !! That the Environment Agency, have put notices through the properties, doors, most of which are not habitable, still since the Flooding.
That the Contractors, and there are many working on the Individual Properties, will not be able to access the Village without going on a long detour, thus adding time and trouble to their Projects, with also the subsequent Deliveries of materials, being affected .
This is another, situation, that has been caused, as the Flooding initially, by Environment Agency, mis management, in allowing the Village to be flooded in the first instance.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
It is a great pity, that the Environment Agency, are still seemingly a Law unto themselves, as I heard yesterday, from Builders Contracted to Carry out the essential work on Properties in the Village of Moorland, that they have received 2 days Notification Only !! That the Environment Agency, have put notices through the properties, doors, most of which are not habitable, still since the Flooding. That the Contractors, and there are many working on the Individual Properties, will not be able to access the Village without going on a long detour, thus adding time and trouble to their Projects, with also the subsequent Deliveries of materials, being affected . This is another, situation, that has been caused, as the Flooding initially, by Environment Agency, mis management, in allowing the Village to be flooded in the first instance. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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