Warrington to receive Government funding to reduce risk of flooding

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WARRINGTON will receive Government funding to reduce the risk of flooding.

Defra and the Environment Agency announced that £16.9 million would be pumped into the north west to reduce flooding and coastal erosion.

Some £4.8 million of that will be used to reduce flooding in more than 2,000 properties in Latchford, Howley, Padgate, Westy, Woolston, Cinnamon Brow and on Kingsway North.

Warrington Borough Council and private companies will be contributing to the total cost of the scheme.

David Mowat, Warrington South MP, said: “This funding is excellent news for people living along the banks of the Mersey in Latchford.

“These areas have suffered from flooding in years gone by and it causes major disruption to homes and businesses.

“Sadly experience from other areas suggests that many people do not have adequate insurance to protect them from flooding, so hopefully this work will keep insurance premiums down.”

The funding was also welcomed by Warrington North MP Helen Jones.

But she slammed a delay.

Mrs Jones said: “Last year’s huge cut to funding for flood defences by the Tory-led Government delayed the start of this scheme in Warrington.

“The Government should never have delayed the funding which meant that thousands of families’ homes remained unnecessarily at risk of flooding for longer.”

Subject to planning permission and partnership funding, work should start on Knutsford Road and Victoria Park in autumn.

Dermot Smith, River Mersey Flood Risk Management Scheme project executive, said: “Although we have not had extensive flooding of homes in Warrington recently we have had some near misses.

“This is a very important investment for reducing flood risk in Warrington.”

To find out if you are at risk of flooding call 0845 988 1188 or visit environment-agency.gov.uk/ floodnorthwest.

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7:34pm Tue 28 Feb 12

old-codger says...

Very good, They can do the potholes at the same time.
Very good, They can do the potholes at the same time. old-codger
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8:11pm Thu 1 Mar 12

watts volts says...

Its good to here that the flood defences are to be done for Warrington,but I do feel a missed opportunity on Warringtons part , at this present time so much attention is on wind farms that only work when the wind blows to genorate Electricity. The River Mersey is to me at the Victoria Park Weir an ideal point to have an Hydro Electric Plant.Which could be incorperated in with Flood Defences ,also self financing the project or at least cheap electricity for Warrington.Widnes is Getting a New Briidge lets see some real advances in Warrington. Wake UP
Its good to here that the flood defences are to be done for Warrington,but I do feel a missed opportunity on Warringtons part , at this present time so much attention is on wind farms that only work when the wind blows to genorate Electricity. The River Mersey is to me at the Victoria Park Weir an ideal point to have an Hydro Electric Plant.Which could be incorperated in with Flood Defences ,also self financing the project or at least cheap electricity for Warrington.Widnes is Getting a New Briidge lets see some real advances in Warrington. Wake UP watts volts
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7:20pm Tue 20 Mar 12

old-codger says...

Watts Volts, The idea you have come up with is brilliant, What you fail to consider is that councillors dont have the capability to think or employ people to spell things out to them, I admire you for your efforts.
Watts Volts, The idea you have come up with is brilliant, What you fail to consider is that councillors dont have the capability to think or employ people to spell things out to them, I admire you for your efforts. old-codger
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