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MP welcomes changes to Kendal flood defence plans and says now is the time for the town to get behind flood victims

February 1, 2019 9:30 AM

FloodingSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed today's news that the Environment Agency has revised its flood defence plans for Kendal.

The EA have announced that three out of every 10 trees that were set to be chopped down will now be saved, and a greater number of trees, including more semi-mature trees, will now be planted to replace them along the river.

Tim has held regular meetings with the Environment Agency over the past two months to encourage them to rethink the plans.

Tim said: "It's great news that the EA have revised their plans after listening to the concerns of local people.

"I know that as a town we are united in wanting to protect the thousands of our neighbours, friends and relatives whose homes and businesses were destroyed by the floods over three years ago.

"I will never forget the devastation of that Sunday morning as I spoke to heartbroken and terrified families who had lost everything.

"I promised them that morning that I would do everything to protect them from that disaster happening again.

"I will keep that promise - it's time that we all come together to back these plans to protect our town."