North Cornwall’s MP and Flooding Minister Dan Rogerson has today announced details of flood defence works to protect more properties and businesses in Bude, Bodmin, Launceston, Padstow and Wadebridge.
The projects, which have been drawn up by Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency, have been earmarked to benefit from an £86 million Government investment in flood defence works across the Cornwall and the South West of England.
The projects are part of the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan, announced today (2nd December).
In Bude, there are plans to refurbish the breakwater and to restore flood defences, whilst Padstow will benefit from repairs to the Harbour’s tidal gate.
Wadebridge will see flood defence improvements, alongside habitation creation, to improve the standard of protection for the town in anticipation of rising sea levels. Sheet piling which forms part of the current flood defence scheme will also be repaired.
Culverts will be repaired along the course of the Leat in Bodmin and at Wooda in Launceston to reduce flood risk in both towns.
Commenting, Dan said: “In my role as Government Environment Minister I have been working to make sure that Cornwall gets investment to protect more homes and businesses from flooding.
“Today’s £2.3 billion investment in flood defences across the country is good news for Cornwall and for North Cornwall in particular, with projects in the pipeline in Bude, Bodmin, Launceston, Padstow and Wadebridge.
“I will continue to work to make sure that the money we are spending on flood defences is matched by flood relief efforts and emergency planning and preparation so that we will be better equipped to deal with the risk of flooding in the future.”
The National Infrastructure Plan, set out by Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, confirmed that work to upgrade the A30 at Temple to dual carriageway could begin as soon as March 2015.
The National Infrastructure Plan will also invest in improvements mobile ‘phone signal in rural areas and will see the Government support Network Rail to develop plans for a new rail route to and from Devon and Cornwall.
Dan Rogerson is leading a campaign to re-open the railway line from Exeter to Plymouth via Okehampton and Tavistock, to bring railway services closer to North Cornwall.