The Government has announced today (14 July 2020) that Tenbury Wells is to receive £4.9m of investment to improve flood defences.
This new funding is part of the Government’s £5.2 billon investment to create around 2,000 new flood and coastal defences to better protect 336,000 properties across England by 2027.
Alongside the £4.9M for Tenbury Wells, a further £30M will be used to protect properties along the River Severn.
The investments will fund the use of natural defence techniques such as sustainable drainage systems and hollows in the ground. It is believed that these new techniques will help reduce the impact of flooding by holding and diverting water away from residential areas.
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Tenbury Wells was one of several areas within Worcestershire hit hard by the recent flooding. We welcome the news of this investment into the county to protect both residents and businesses allowing them to continue working, travelling and creating new growth opportunities.”
The Worcestershire LEP has funded previous flood alleviation programmes in the county through the Local Growth Fund project with a total of £4m being spent on schemes including Upton-upon-Severn. Work was completed at Upton-upon-Severn last year which has helped to keep the town moving during the heavy flooding in the winter, allowing transport into and out of the county.
For more information on the Government announcement, visit their website here. – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/multi-billion-pound-investment-as-government-unveils-new-long-term-plan-to-tackle-flooding