Congresbury and Chew Valley miss out on flood defence funding
An area which was badly hit by flooding this winter has lost out on extra funding for defences.
Even though Congresbury and the Chew Valley was badly affected in November, no money has been made available from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as part of a £25 million round of funding.
The funding package includes £7.4 million to strengthen the Yeo flood defences in Somerset.
The nationwide package of improvements will see construction start on 93 new flood defences in England. The schemes are expected to help protect more than 64,000 homes from flooding.
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Environment Minister Richard Benyon was asked why the Chew Valley has had no funding.
He said: “We want to make sure we are not just talking about the big ticket items but those that are affecting small communities as well.
"Sometimes that can be done through very minor changes to local infrastructure but what we are absolutely determined to do is only publish the schemes we know will go ahead in the next year.”