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Flood defence cash needed

PUBLISHED: 09:20 13 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:16 05 July 2010

DEMANDS for investment in flood defences across Waveney have been made following the release of a report into the threats posed to businesses and the economy.

DEMANDS for investment in flood defences across Waveney have been made following the release of a report into the threats posed to businesses and the economy.

Waveney District Council's new regeneration strategy report claims major infrastructure work is needed in the next decade to stop the area's economy suffering from the effects of flooding.

The claim comes as the Environment Agency announced it has decided to press ahead with its plans to stop maintaining flood walls around the Blyth Estuary during the next 20 years.

Waveney's report says: “The under-investment in flood defences of Lowestoft and other coastal communities, as well as the inland towns and villages built on the many watercourses, will become of growing significance and concern over the next decade and beyond unless major infrastructure and mitigation measures are implemented.

“Flooding of the A12, the direct link from London to Yarmouth running through Lowestoft, will particularly affect the tourism and logistics sectors, but inevitably all sectors will be affected, as staff and road freight will find it increasingly difficult to serve the needs of businesses in Lowestoft and the surrounding areas.”

Suffolk County Council announced this week it is submitting a £1.6m bid for funding to raise the A12 at Blythburgh by a metre to stop the road from flooding.

Wendy Mawer, Waveney's portfolio holder for regeneration, said abandoning flood defences around the Blyth estuary would leave the A12 vulnerable to flooding up to 12 times a year and have a huge economic impact on the whole area.

Jane Burch, the Country Land and Business Association's regional adviser, said: “We had a very near miss from a storm surge last November, which demonstrated how close we are to a serious flood. Imagine the effect such a flood would have.”

The council's report will now be passed to the Environment Agency and its concerns about funding for flood defences considered.

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