£1m boost for flood defences

Hundreds of homes and businesses in the town were badly hit by two lots of flood damage
Hundreds of homes and businesses in the town were badly hit by two lots of flood damage
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Flood campaigner Coun. David Whipp is celebrating following the announcement of £1m to boost defences in Earby.

Coun. Whipp unveiled the approval of over £600,000 from the European Regional Development Fund with £400,000 match-funding from the Environment Agency.

Hundreds of homes and businesses in the town were badly hit by two lots of flood damage.

And some locals are still counting the cost.

After months of campaigning COun. Whipp said this week: “Earby was badly hit by flooding on Boxing Day 2015 and again in September 2016.

“Following the flooding two years ago, at Pendle Council we applied for European Regional Development Funding to help pay for flood alleviation work.

“We’ve received a letter this week that the full application has now been approved for almost two-thirds a million pounds (£635,260).

“This is subject to the Environment Agency match-funding this with more than £400,000 to make a total investment of £1,058,766. The EA funding is expected to be confirmed in March or April.

“I’d like to thank the engineering staff at Pendle Council who have worked hard to get this funding approved; they’ve done an excellent job!

“Now this key funding is in place, it’s vital to get work carried out on the ground.

“The funding is to be used to implement some of the flood alleviation measures that will be recommended from the EA study currently being carried out. Consultants doing the study are due to report soon.

“There’ll be a range of flood defence works recommended to be done to reduce the risk in Earby, such as upstream storage and natural flood management. This funding will help pay for this work.

“Meanwhile, Pendle Council is hoping to get the final nod of approval from the Government to invest in the community flood resilience work which we expected to get on with LAST March, but a Government Minister intervened and created lots of hurdles we’ve had to jump over.

“We’re still waiting for the EA to get on with work to repair Victoria Clough, which got outline funding approval two years ago.

“I’ll be pressing for this new money to be invested as soon as possible to reduce flood risk.”