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Future flood protection for homes in Creekmoor announced

Residents in Creekmoor could benefit from new flood protection schemes in the future thanks to funding announced by the Government.

Approximately £1.5 million has been allocated from the Government’s six-year Flood Defence Programme announced in December 2014.

The funding was originally allocated for 2020/21, but has been brought forward four years to 2016/17. The funding will be used to protect around 300 homes in Creekmoor to reduce the risk of tidal flooding during tidal surges and surface water flooding during heavy rain storms. 

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Flood and Coastal Management, Borough of Poole, said: “It’s positive news that the Environment Agency have the confidence in our ability to deliver the programme sooner than originally planned. We can now begin the process of actually obtaining the allocated funds by establishing the most appropriate and effective form of flood defence for Creekmoor.”

Councillor John Rampton, Ward Member for Creekmoor, said: “This is fantastic news for Creekmoor residents and businesses in the Fleetsbridge area. With our local knowledge, we ward members were able to make representation on the SMP on significant flood risk in the area and its mitigation. We're very gratified that real money is now going to be spent protecting local peoples' homes and livelihoods and more than happy at how safe they will be now from freak weather events, exceptional tides and rising sea levels."

The funding will enable a feasibility study to take place in 2016/17, followed by works planned for 2017/18.