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Communities in Cumbria and Lancashire will benefit from Government flood funding pledge of £62m

Posted: 11/09/19

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has announced a new round of flood defence investment for communities across Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, the North East and the South East of England.

Thirteen projects across England will benefit from a share of over £62million, which will help to develop existing flood defences as well as boost economic regeneration and increase prosperity in those areas. Many of the projects are located in communities which suffered from flooding during the winter of 2015.

The funding will better protect around 9004 homes against flooding through this round of funding. The extra funding is in addition to the government’s commitment to invest £2.6 billion over six years up to 2021, which has the aim of protecting 300,000 homes across the country.

Funding will support the development of 11 projects in the Northern Powerhouse, including seven in Yorkshire, four in Cumbria and Lancashire and two in the North East.

Cumbria and Lancashire are due to receive the second largest amount of funding, with £22.8m now available to support four flood projects in Kendal, Egremont, Flimby and Preston and South Ribble. The proposed scheme for Kendal involves three phases, of which the first will provide a 1 in 50 level of protection for 1,480 homes and 1,151 businesses.

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