Buckingham to benefit from flood protection money
Archived press release
Date Published: 29/06/09
Around 70 homes in Buckingham were flooded in July 2007
Aylesbury Vale District Council is to get a share of £3 million in government money to help protect homes which were severely affected by the floods of summer 2007.
The grants form part of the first round of funding to local authorities to provide practical defences for householders against rising water levels.
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn announced AVDC will receive a grant of £325,000 to protect 57 homes in Buckingham from flooding using a variety of measures, including air brick covers and door boards.
The council will work with the Buckingham Flood Action Group, made up of local residents, to decide how best to allocate the funding.
The £5 million Flood Protection Grant Scheme was announced as part of the government’s response to Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the 2007 floods. In this first round of funding, a total of £3 million has been made available to 25 local authorities to protect up to 593 properties across the country.
Around 70 homes in Buckingham were flooded in July 2007 when the River Great Ouse burst its banks. The torrential rain also caused flooding problems elsewhere in the district as drainage systems struggled to deal with the exceptional rainfall.
Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health at AVDC, said: “We welcome the government’s announcement of funding for flood protection measures in Buckingham. However, we will be pressing for more financial support. The scale of what we will need is beyond our local resources, and this investment is crucial if we are to benefit from higher levels of flood protection in the future.
“Because of climate change, severe storms like the one that hit Buckingham in 2007 are predicted to be more frequent in the future. Whatever we do, we cannot stop flooding completely, but we can limit the extent of any damage and speed up the time it takes to recover.
“Once we know more detail of the rules concerning spending this grant money, we will organise a meeting for affected householders to fully explain the process and to get their commitment to be a part of the scheme. It may require them to make a financial contribution towards any works on their property.”
For flood protection advice, visit the Environment Agency’s website, www.environment-agency.gov.uk, or call 08708 506506. For more information about the Buckingham Flood Action Group, call 01280 824998.
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