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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Estate wins funding for new flood scheme

FLOOD-AFFECTED residents of Egremont’s Orgill estate are set to receive a boost thanks to new government funding.

By Mark White

The estate is set to benefit from £120,000 to help with design work for a proposed flood defence scheme at Skirting Beck.

In 2012, families on the Orgill estate were flooded out of their homes after torrential rain.

The government has announced that five of the 21 proposed schemes put forward by the Environment Agency (EA) in the county have been successful in securing Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) this year, including at Orgill. Cumbria County Council, as the lead local flood authority, had also put forward 10 surface water management schemes for FDGiA funding, but none have been successful.

Cumbria has however been successful in securing better than expected funding for a number of other projects through the EA’s Regional Flood and Coastal Committee’s local levy scheme.

Cumbrian households contributed £298,000 through the Local Levy, and the Environment Agency has confirmed that schemes totalling £1.03m will go ahead in 2014/15, including one in Ravenglass.

Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for flood protection, Keith Little, said: “We will be using the positive news of the generous local levy funding to deliver some important new flood protection measures this year.”

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