Recently George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne and Redruth met with members of Portreath Parish Council, Cornwall Council, and the Environment Agency to discuss what more can be done to protect Portreath and the surrounding towns from the devastating effects of flooding.
The meeting came after it was announced in the summer that Portreath was to benefit from extra funding for flood protection. Across the country 13 flood schemes will benefit from £40 million of additional funding which will unlock flood defence schemes and help support economic growth and regeneration in areas that have suffered flooding in recent years.
The additional funding, first announced in the budget, adds to millions of pounds of government grant-in-aid already allocated to these projects and partnership funding already secured. It will help leverage an additional £24 million from other sources, enabling the flood schemes to go ahead. In total, more than 7,000 properties will be better protected against flooding, including over 5,000 homes. This additional money is part of our £2.6 billion investment from 2015 to 2021 to fund 1,500 flood defence schemes which will better protect 300,000 homes across the country.
George said, "This was a very productive meeting and whilst more work will have to be completed before a final decision is made on how best to address the issue, it was great to have everyone in the room and discussing the issues at hand. I would like to thank the Parish Council and the Environment Agency for setting the meeting up and I will continue to monitor developments closely and update constituents when a final decision has been taken. This is positive news for people living in and around Portreath."