£1million flood defence boost for Sidmouth and villages

East Devon MP Hugo Swire

East Devon MP Hugo Swire - Credit: Archant

More than £1million is being invested in flood prevention to protect homes in Sidmouth, Newton Poppleford and Branscombe.

The works will leave some 155 homes better protected in work announced by the Government this week - part of a £2.3billion nationwide programme.

The work includes:

• £370,000 towards Sidmouth’s beach management plan, which the Environment Agency said is due to be implemented in 2018;

• £330,000 on flood improvement works in Sidmouth to benefit 50 homes;

• £150,000 to protect 85 homes at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford;

• And flood improvement works in Branscombe will receive £150,000 and leave 20 households better protected.

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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.

“Flooding has had devastating effects on families and businesses in East Devon. It is therefore great news that the Government is investing in flood defence projects in areas such as Exmouth, Sidmouth, Topsham, Newton Poppleford and Whimple.

“This work will help to ensure that flood risk is significantly reduced.

“As an important part of our long-term economic plan, this multi-billion pound programme will help to deliver a safer and more secure future for East Devon.”

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