MP calls on government to reinstate flood defence money after leaked report shows funds pulled
South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called on the government to agree that 'indicative' funding made available for a Kendal flood defence scheme is still there, after a Guardian report alleged that money which had been promised to build flood defences on the River Kent has been withdrawn.
Documents obtained by the Guardian's Environmental Editor Damien Carrington show that in 2010 the Environmental Agency had allotted £325,000 to spend on building up flood defences on the River Kent in Kendal between 2011/2012. The report show the project was due to start 2013/10, but was then not mentioned in 2011-12.
The report goes on to state that the project is 'not funded' in 2012/13, but has indicative funding from 2013/14. The document says that: 'Confirmation of funding and timing will depend upon the development of outcomes, costs and partnership arrangements, considered in the context of national prioritisation.'
Tim has called for assurances from the Environment Agency and the Government that the project is still on track for 2013/14.
Cumbriahas been hit by floods in 2009 and in 2012, but some local residents have been hit by flooding more often than that. Recently, Tim held a flooding meeting at Hallgarth Community Centre with local councillors John McCreesh and Rob Boden to talk about the recent floods and to create a flood action plan.
Tim has consistently asked questions in Parliament about the state of flood readiness and funding allotted to flood defence schemes in our county. Flood defence schemes have been built inCarlisle, Cockermouth and other flood hit areas. Tim is asking why the funds were pulled from the Kendal scheme.
Commenting, Tim said: "This is affecting people's livelihoods and it is important that it gets sorted. We can't keep finding ourselves in these situations each time it rains. I want to help our local residents to combat the problems caused by flooding, no matter what it takes. I want to know why the Environment Agency appears to have removed funding from Kendal."