Progress on town flood defences

Sir Peter Tapsell EMN-140206-132132001
Sir Peter Tapsell EMN-140206-132132001

Louth and Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell says he is delighted that both towns can look forward to work starting on long-awaited flood defence schemes.

The Environment Agency confirmed last month that funding was finally in place.

Sir Peter said: “I have been pressing the Environment Agency for years to provide better flood protection for Louth and Horncastle and managed to get schemes for both of them into the waiting list some years ago.

“I am delighted that, despite the period of austerity which naturally followed the 2008 worldwide financial crisis, these two schemes now seem almost certain to proceed.”

Sir Peter revealed he had received a letter from Phil Younge, the Environment Agency’s Area Manager for Lincolnshire, updating him on the proposals.

In the letter, Mr Younge said the Agency has contacted a supplier to design and build both schemes.

He added that part of the process will involve ‘detailed design, planning document submission and construction.’

He said negotiations are continuing with landowners to agree compensation.