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Farron meets Floods Minister to make the case for more funding

March 10, 2014 12:08 PM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron met with Floods Minister Dan Rogerson MP to press the case for local flood defence schemes in South Lakeland.Flooding Minister Dan Rogerson MP offered the meeting after Tim raised local concerns in the House of Commons.

Tim asked for further funds for flood defence schemes around Kendal and Arnside to help protect residents.

In February, Tim was able to secure more than £2m for flood prevention projects around the county, but he is continuing to press for more. The government cash will be used for flood defences in the Workington, Ulverston and Threlkeld areas. There will also be restoration work on the rivers Kent, Derwent and Eden.

At the meeting yesterday, the Minister said that he would look at specific schemes and raise them with officials in his department.

Tim said: "Residents and businesses need certainty and we need to make sure that communities are protected. The recent bad weather showed that more funding must be spent on flood defences. I'm pressing the Government to look at all the local schemes and I hope that meeting the Minister will help push our campaign forward."