Flood prevention hope for Tipton and Newton Poppleford

PUBLISHED: 11:30 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:20 17 June 2010

HOMES in Tipton St John and Newton Poppleford are to benefit from a series of local flood defence schemes being carried out across Devon and Cornwall from now until 2010.

HOMES in Tipton St John and Newton Poppleford are to benefit from a series of local flood defence schemes being carried out across Devon and Cornwall from now until 2010.

The South West Regional Flood Defence committee has secured £484,472 for the coming financial year - a 2.5 per cent increase on the level of funding from the previous year.

The local levy cash is additional funding raised through local county councils and unitary authorities and enables the Environment Agency, through the flood defence committee, to implement locally important schemes that aren't eligible for national funding.

In 2008/09 the local levy money was used to pay for construction works at Clyst St Mary near Exeter.

Other communities to benefit from the latest round of funding include Salcombe and Braunton.

Dr Clive Gronow, chairman of the South West Regional Flood Defence committee, said: "The agency is currently in the process of identifying other high priority schemes for which the local levy could be used and it is hoped that in coming years the amount of local levy can be increased.


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