Tipton and Newton Poppleford to benefit from flood defence schemes

PUBLISHED: 13:32 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:17 17 June 2010

MORE than a dozen communities, including Tipton St John and Newton Poppleford, will benefit from a series of local flood defence schemes across Devon and Cornwall in 2009/10.

MORE than a dozen communities, including Tipton St John and Newton Poppleford, will benefit from a series of local flood defence schemes across Devon and Cornwall in 2009/10.

At a meeting in Exeter on January 14 the South West Regional Flood Defence Committee agreed a Local Levy of £484,472 for the coming financial year - a 2.5 percent increase on the level of funding for 2008/09.

The Local Levy is additional funding raised through local County Councils and Unitary Authorities. The money is important because it enables the Environment Agency, through the flood defence committee, to implement locally important schemes that aren't eligible for national funding.

In 2008/09 Local Levy money was used to pay for construction works at Clyst St Mary near Exeter and start improvement works at Polperro. It also helped fund pre-construction work on a number of projects due to start in 2009/10.

Communities to benefit from the latest round of funding include Newton Poppleford, Polperro, Canworthy Water, Bridge near Portreath, Salcombe, Fremington, Stoke Cannon, Tipton St John and Braunton.

Major contributors to the Local Levy are Devon County Council, Cornwall County Council, Plymouth and Torbay Unitary Authorities with smaller contributions from Somerset and Dorset County Councils. This year's figure of £484,472 compares with £472,656 for 2008/09.

'This money is vital because it can be used, at the sole discretion of the committee, to fund smaller schemes that do not qualify for national funding. This, in turn, can bring enormous benefits to local communities,' said Dr Clive Gronow, chairman of the South West Regional Flood Defence Committee.

'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,' added Dr Gronow.


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