Posted on December 5, 2014Category: Articles
A year ago, the Humber region was hit by the largest tidal surge in 60 years. As flood defences were eroded towns, villages, businesses and farmland were badly affected.
Initially, £48m was accessible for remedial work on the Humber. Since then, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) together with MPs, councils and businesses successfully lobbied for further investment, receiving an additional £80m in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement on Thursday.
Commenting on how the current allocation was being spent, Lord Haskins, Chair, Humber LEP said: “Flood water impacted on vast areas of our region from Trent-side villages to coastal communities, and for many it was the second time in six years. In July we successfully bid for £48m of Local Growth funding which will be used to reduce the flood risk for some 62,228 properties across the Humber. It is good to see that the first project, Albert Dock in Hull, is now underway. The £80m announced in the Autumn Statement is another important step forward, but what we want to see is the full package of works around the Humber committed to. The confirmation this week that the Government will seriously look at the business case MPs, local authorities and the LEP put forward is very welcome.”
Flood resilience works allocated funding through the Humber Growth Deal include:
- £3m to improve flood alleviation work at Albert Dock in Hull. This is already underway and will safeguard more than £3,000 jobs.
- £3m to build the new sea wall at Paull
- £28. 3m for flood defences in Cottingham, Orchard Park, Anlaby and East Ella and around the River Hull. 90% of homes in this area of Hull and East Riding were damaged by the 2007 flooding
- £13.3m in North Lincolnshire to develop a flood risk strategy enabling the 6,000-homes Lincolnshire Lakes development and to protect two existing villages.