Bill Wiggin MP was delighted to learn that 831 households in Leominster will soon be better protected from flooding.

The Chancellor announced in the Budget today, Wednesday 18 March, that flood defence work in Leominster has been brought forward with work now due to start a year early in 2015/16, instead of 2016/17.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “It is fantastic news for Leominster that this work is starting sooner and once this £2.6 million project is complete 831 households in Leominster will be better protected.

Given the devastating impact flooding has on people’s lives I have been determined to do all I can to help keep my constituent’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.

That is why I was very pleased when the Autumn Statement announced that £3.017 million has been allocated to flooding projects throughout North Herefordshire, and seeing the Leominster project accelerated will protect my constituent’s sooner.”

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 now has funding for 2015/16 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 now 2017.