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20th Oct, 2021

Redditch to get £40k from Government to prevent flooding in the borough

REDDITCH is set to receive £40,000 towards protection from flooding as part of new Government plans.

The Flood and Coastal Erosion Investment Plan outlines how £5.2billion worth of investment over the next six years will be spent, including more than £860million in 2021 to 22 on boosting the design and construction of more than 1,000 flooding alleviation schemes.

The cash going to Redditch will target homes in the borough vulnerable to flooding.

The funding will be accompanied by a consultation in the autumn, where the Government will look at how to better protect frequently flooded communities, following a call for evidence earlier this year.

It will consider how to strengthen the assessment of local circumstances, such as where areas have flooded on multiple occasions, when allocating funding during the six-year plan.

Improvements to flood insurance will enable flooded households to claim extra money to install resilience measures, such as air brick covers, flood doors and flood resistant paint , along with measures to tackle the risks from surface water flooding.

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean said: “Sadly there are properties in Redditch which have fallen victim to flooding and are at risk of it happening again.

“The £40,000 to protect homes in Redditch will ensure they’re better protected by boosting the design and construction of flood alleviation schemes and putting the necessary measures in place to protect homes from flooding.

“This will help to guard homes and families from the devastating impact of flooding, allowing people to feel reassured about the safety of their home.”

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