MEP calls for £15 billion flood defences in the South West

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Green Party MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has called for the Chancellor of the Exchequer to invest £15 billion into flood defences along the south coast over the next 5 years

The Green Party speaker for economy and finance in the South West has taken action following ‘serious floods’ throughout Dorset after Storm Angus last weekend. This response has come as part of the party’s response to the chancellor’s autumn statement.

Due to repeat flash flooding in recent years, Bournemouth is likely to receive funding as part of the multi-billion pound scheme.

The flagship programme, should it happen, would involve the insulation of 9 million homes, lifting 2 million homes out of fuel-poverty, and the installation of flood defences in high-risk areas.

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Molly Scott Cato

Molly Scott Cato, said:

As the South West is again battered by torrential downpours, we are reminded of the urgent need to make ourselves resilient in the face of climate change.

Dr Scott Cato also commented: “We need to see major investment in flood defences in the region.

“Tackling climate change must be the guiding principle for public investment so we can ensure a liveable planet for future generations.”

Storm Angus has not been the first occasion that Bournemouth has suffered at the hands of torrential weather conditions.

Several shops along Wimborne Road, in Winton, have been repeatedly flooded in recent years, with the most recent flooding taking place in September.

Calls were made to the Bournemouth Borough Council to do more to combat flooding.

Bournemouth’s history of floods was made evident in 2011 when residents reported 3ft tides of water surging towards their homes and when sewage systems failed to deal with the deluges of rainwater.

Perhaps Dr Scott Cato’s pledge for greater investment could be the solution.