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Two Cornish towns to benefit from £170m flood defence scheme cash pot

Two Cornish towns to benefit from £170m flood defence scheme cash pot

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:34am 14th July 2020. (Updated at 8:23am 14th July 2020)

Two towns in Cornwall are set to benefit from a £170m government cash pot to fund flood defence schemes.

The money will be used for so-called 'shovel ready' projects, including in Bude and Falmouth, which will begin construction in 2020 or 2021.

It will help to sustain existing protection and reduce surface water flooding in the town centres.

Ministers claim the cash will help protect 10-thousand local businesses and homes across the country, along with schools and hospitals.

Officials say that 22 areas across the country will benefit from this immediate boost to jobs supporting the local economy as communities recover from the impact of coronavirus.

It is part of the government's long-term plan to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion.

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Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth

How will the money be spent?

  • Falmouth IUDM inc Tidal Prince of Wales Pier, £500,000

In Falmouth, the flood scheme will reduce risks associated with surface water flooding and will allow further growth in a town centre waterfront location.  

  • Bude, The Crescent, up to £2,140,000

In Bude, the flood scheme will sustain existing protection, preserving the functioning of a key part of the town and thereby allowing continued growth in the local tourism industry.  

“I am absolutely delighted to see these plans for Princess Quay gain funding from the Government as one of 22 new shovel-ready flood defence projects across the country in 2020 and 2021 which will drive growth and unlock a range of benefits for local economies.”

“This scheme has been judged to have strong local economic benefits and goes towards the Government’s goal of nationally better protecting more than 10,000 local businesses and safeguarding around 100,000 jobs.”

“I look forward to working with partners to draw this money down and see these defences put in place for the good of Falmouth as soon as possible.”

Truro and Falmouth Member of Parliament, Cherilyn Mackrory

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The Crescent, Bude

The government’s long-term plan sets out five key commitments – supported by over 40 clear actions - which will accelerate progress to better protect and better prepare the country for the coming years:

  1. Upgrading and expanding flood defences and infrastructure across the country;
  2. Managing the flow of water to both reduce flood risk and manage drought;
  3. Harnessing the power of nature to not only reduce flood risk, but deliver benefits for the environment, nature, and communities;
  4. Better preparing communities for when flooding and erosion does occur; and
  5. Ensuring every area of England has a comprehensive local plan for dealing with flooding and coastal erosion. 

“Last winter I saw for myself the misery and upheaval that flooding can bring to lives and livelihoods and I said we would do more to help people. 

“This long-term plan will help push back the flood waters and protect hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses and livelihoods.

“Our record investment will also stimulate economic growth across the UK as we build back better.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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“The devastating impacts of last winter’s flooding were an important reminder of the need to continue to invest and accelerate action to reduce the impact of flooding on our communities.

“Our record investment and ambitious policies will better protect homes, schools, hospitals and businesses, but we also recognise that we cannot prevent flooding entirely, which is why we will ensure that communities at high risk are more resilient.

“Working closely with the Environment Agency, local authorities, business and the third sector we will create a better protected and prepared nation.”

Environment Secretary and MP for Camborne and Redruth, George Eustice 

As the nation recovers from coronavirus, the government says the measures will also give long-term reassurance to communities across the country – particularly in areas where families and businesses have had to make huge sacrifices to deal with coronavirus while still suffering from the consequences of last winter’s flooding.

These announcements come ahead of the publication of the Environment Agency’s long-term Flood and Coast Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England, which will be published later today and sets out how the Environment Agency will work with communities to deliver the government’s plan.

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