Homes and businesses in Tenbury Wells hit by flooding will receive a boost, with a £4.9 million investment to better protect properties and businesses.
As part of a £5.2bn government investment announced by the Environment Agency (EA) today, a £4.9m funding package has been allocated to the Tenbury flood alleviation scheme.
Councillor Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said “Flooding can have a devastating impact on homes and businesses, and this was seen as recently as February this year.
“The County Council very much welcomes the funding announced today and will continue to work with the EA to deliver this scheme for Tenbury and other successful flood alleviation schemes across the county, as we have done over many years”
Worcestershire County Council will be working to support delivery on the project which will help better protect 600 jobs and 80 businesses from the impact of flooding in the town.
Tenbury Wells has a long history of flooding from the River Teme and the Kyre Brook.
In February 2020 nearly 100 residential properties, more than 100 businesses and the main road through the town were badly flooded for several days at almost the same record highest level as 2007.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said ‘I am thrilled to see this funding come to Tenbury. We’ve been working with local MP, Harriet Baldwin, for some time to help secure this investment from Central Government for Tenbury for a number of other schemes across county. The positive impact this scheme will have on the local businesses and the local economy will be huge.”
There has been significant progress made over the last 20 years on construction of flood alleviation and drainage schemes to ease the impact of flooding from the county’s biggest rivers - the Severn, Teme and Avon. However, the flooding in the Autumn of 2019 and Winter of 2020 has reinforced that further works are needed.