Today, the Government has announced an investment of £3 million to deliver the Kessingland and Benacre Flood Risk Management Scheme, as part of the new long-term plan to ensure every area of England has a comprehensive local plan for dealing with flooding and coastal erosion.
This multi-million-pound investment will deliver long-term protection to homeowners and businesses, in the face of more frequent extreme weather as a result of climate-change.
The project will develop nature-based solutions, utilising freshwater capture and storage for habitat enhancement and agriculture, in addition to improving fisheries, tourism and a raft of wider economic benefits for local residents.
The funding forms part of the £170 million-pound investment to accelerate 22 shovel-ready flood defence projects, which will drive growth and unlock a range of benefits for local economies across the country.
Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney said ““It is good news that the Government have provided funding of nearly £3.3 million for the Kessingland and Benacre Flood Risk Management Scheme, which will protect many homes, will safeguard businesses and vital infrastructure and will enhance the environment.
Special thanks should go to Kessingland Parish Council and local landowners, who at an early stage recognised the rapid pace of coastal erosion and brought together a wide group of interested parties to produce a plan. I look forward to working with them as the project moves forward and is completed.”
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