Calder valley gets £19m to build flood protection

Theresa Villiers

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has announced a further £63m of flood defence investment for communities including in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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

£19m is set to go to Calder Valley, where the Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Brighouse schemes will be developed. More than 3,000 properties flooded in the West Yorkshire valley during the 2015 floods, leaving communities in the area badly affected.

With this new boost, the two projects at Hedbden Bridge and Brighouse are now to be developed, with work due to begin next year. Communities in Yorkshire will also receive additional funding with more money for the Tadcaster Flood Alleviation Scheme and additional funding for defences at Sowerby Bridge.

Meanwhile in Lincolnshire a share of £6.3m has been allocated to the Lincoln Defences project, which is set to reduce flood risk to 1,842 homes and 424 businesses.

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said: “Events this summer have shown that investing in flood risk management is more important than ever, and this funding builds on our long-standing £2.6 billion commitment to better protect 300,000 homes from flooding and coastal erosion over six years.”

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke said: “Flooding can have a devastating impact on communities. The government’s injection of an additional £62.35m will help protect communities, and ensure they remain vibrant places for people to live, work, and visit.”

The Environment Agency has completed construction of more than 500 new flood and coastal erosion schemes since April 2015, better protecting over 195,000 and thousands of businesses.