Huppert welcomes flood defence programme for city

Julian_River_cropped.jpgMP Julian Huppert has welcomed more than £800,000 worth of flood protection work planned for Cambridge subject to approval.

The latest schemes announced today (Tuesday, December 2) come on top of another £800,000 plus worth of work already underway in the city and part of £47 million being invested in central Anglia.


On the Kings Hedges and Arbury estates there are plans to spend £566,000 to give 165 homes better protection from flooding.


There are also plans to alleviate surface water flooding in Brunswick at a cost of £60,000 to give five homes a better level of protection.


A riverside scheme to help protect 10 homes costing £85,000 and a scheme for Kelvin Close costing £105,000 to protect a further 10 homes are also on the cards.


All the works are planned to start between 2016 and 2018 with completion by March 2021.


They come in addition to culvert repairs already underway at Gough Way costing £534,000 to protect 46 homes from flooding and work on the Cherry Hinton estate at a cost of £288,000 to protect 30 homes.


The work is part of a six year £2.3 billion national flood defence programme in England which will protect 4,500 properties in central Anglia.


Julian said: “This flood protection work is good news for Cambridge and will bring peace of mind to those residents who have suffered problems in the past.


“No-one should be left worrying about the next time their homes or businesses are likely to flood. It disrupts lives and livelihoods and costs our economy billions.


“I am pleased that the government is taking decisive action, not only in our region but across the country to address this serious issue with much-needed investment.” 

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