Bill Wiggin MP is delighted over £3 million of extra work will soon be taking place on North Herefordshire’s flood defences.

Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire was very pleased to learn following the Autumn Statement funding has been allocated for a number of flood defence projects in his constituency.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “I am very pleased that £3.017 million has been allocated to flooding projects throughout North Herefordshire. This will leave my constituents better protected and will substantially reduce the risk of flooding

Flooding can have such a devastating impact on people’s lives that I am determined to do all I can to help keep people’s homes dry, urging both the Environment Agency and the Government at every opportunity to ensure we have the best flood defences for North Herefordshire.

The Government is working to tackle flooding across the country, with a six-year capital programme worth £2.3 billion to reduce the risks of flooding and coastal erosion. This a programme we can only afford because of our Long Term Economic Plan.”

The Environment Agency confirmed funding has been allocated for the following projects as part of the FCERM Investment Programme 2015-2021:

Leominster, River Lugg – The Environment Agency has funding this financial year to confirm that the Leominster Flood Alleviation Scheme is being utilised to its full potential and continuing to offer its designed standard of protection against river flooding. The earliest construction start date is 2018.

Hope under Dinmore – Options are being developed to reduce flood risk. The current earliest expected construction start date is 2018.

Other schemes include: Cradely; Orleton; Eardisley; Bishops Frome; Colwall and Brimfield.