Flood-defence scheme on Northumberland coast gets the green light

Craster Harbour
Craster Harbour

The Government is bringing forward more than £4million of the six-year flood-defence programme announced in December to better protect homes in the North East, including a new scheme on the north Northumberland coast.

A new scheme at Craster Harbour has been given the green light as part of the long-term investment programme and work will start on another nine flood defence projects earlier than previously announced. The Craster scheme will begin in 2017/18 to provide better protection from flooding to around 50 homes in the area.

Plus £1.4million funding for the Beadnell North Sea Wall improvements has been brought forward by four years. The aid funding, which was originally to be granted for 2020/21, will now be delivered in 2015/16 against the scheme’s total cost of £3.6million.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “What today’s announcement means is greater peace of mind for those who are at risk from flooding across the North East. Work will begin on nine flood-defence projects sooner than originally planned. This is another example of infrastructure funded by the UK Government as part of our long-term economic plan.”

The Government is bringing forward more than £140million of the £2.3billion six-year flood-defence programme announced in December to better protect more than 31,000 homes and businesses nationally from flooding sooner than planned. 47 brand new schemes have been given the green light as part of the long-term investment programme and work will start on another 165 flood defence projects earlier than previously announced.

The six-year programme represents a real-terms increase in expenditure and will reduce flood risk across the country by five per cent. 230,000 homes have been better protected from the risk of flooding and coastal erosion so far this Parliament.

Environment Agency chairman Sir Philip Dilley said: “This programme of more than 1,500 flood risk management schemes will significantly reduce flood risk to more than 300,000 properties in England by 2021, benefiting people, the economy and the environment. Government funding has also been brought forward meaning that over 30,000 properties will benefit from reduced flood risk earlier than originally planned.

“Our priority is to do as much as we can with every pound of funding from government and local partners, but of course the risk of flooding can never be entirely eliminated. With one in six homes in England at risk of flooding, I encourage people to check their flood risk and sign up to the Environment Agency’s free flood warning service.”