Multi-million-pound plan to protect homes from flooding

PUBLISHED: 08:40 12 December 2014

Flooding in Exmouth earlier this year. The government has announced a multi-million pound flood defence programme for the town. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 1817-06-14SH.

Flooding in Exmouth earlier this year. The government has announced a multi-million pound flood defence programme for the town. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 1817-06-14SH.

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Almost 1,100 homes in Exmouth are to get more protection from flooding, thanks to government money which has been earmarked for the town.

Around £2million is to be spent on works which will prevent flooding in The Colony, which is below sea level, and at the Imperial Recreation Ground and Mamhead View.

The cash is part of an £86million programme of government spending in Devon and Cornwall.

Reacting to the announcement, Councillor Eileen Wragg, chairman of the Exmouth flooding and land drainage working party, said: “I am very pleased this money is being spent here. Attention is being paid to Exmouth, which is most welcome.

“I hope it will reassure residents who are worried they may get flooded that work is going to be carried out.”

The Government has also allocated funding for the Dawlish Warren and Exmouth beach management scheme, which will see sand taken from Exmouth’s Pole Sands to shore up the Warren.

This scheme previously included plans to replenish Exmouth beach, but environmental chiefs decided this was not yet needed.

However, they say ensuring Dawlish Warren is not breached by the sea will protect Exmouth and Lympstone.

Money has also been earmarked for improvements to Exmouth’s Withycombe and Bapton brooks, and the Wotton Brook at The Strand in Lympstone.

East Devon MP Hugo Swire said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Government has committed to invest this record amount of money in our flood defences.

‘In the past, flooding has had devastating effects on families and local businesses in East Devon. It is, therefore, great news that the Government is investing in flood defence projects in areas such as Exmouth.

“This work will help to ensure that flood risk is significantly reduced. This programme will help to deliver a safer and more secure future for East Devon.”

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