£62 million boost for flood-hit areas

The Government has recently announced £62 million of flood defence investment for communities across Yorkshire, Cumbria, the North East and the South East of England.

In August, the Country Landowners Association (CLA) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) wrote to Thérèse Coffey MP outlining the need for long-term policies to prevent and mitigate for the impact of flooding events across the country.

In the letter, they underline the fact that flooding has significant impact on farmers and landowners, causing long-lasting damage to productive agricultural land, farm building and infrastructure.

The groups believe that their action has prompted the Government to pledge the additional funding to help develop existing flood defences as well as boosting economic regeneration.

In total, Ministers claim that more than 9,000 homes will be better protected against flooding through this round of funding, with £19 million set to be distributed to the Calder Valley, where the Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Brighouse schemes will be developed.

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said that events this Summer have shown that investing in flood risk management is more important than ever, adding that the cash will build on the Government’s commitment to invest a record £2.6bn over six years up to 2021 to better protect 300,000 homes across the country.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for the Northern Powerhouse, Jake Berry said that the new funding for flood defences in the North of England adds to the £5.4 billion already invested into the Northern Powerhouse to drive jobs and economic growth, and a record £13 billion to upgrade transport infrastructure across the North.

Martin Johnson, Manager at Milsted Langdon, said: “The funding is a definite boost for the agriculture sector, helping to provide pivotal flood defence systems to ensure that farms and businesses are protected against harsh weather conditions.

“We understand the challenges faced by farmers and those in the agriculture sector, and we can help you make the most of any opportunities; allowing you to focus on the smooth running of your business. For help and advice relating to the agriculture sector, get in touch with us today.”

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