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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Funding bid to improve flood defences

A MILLION-POUND funding bid has been launched to improve flood defences in Copeland.

The borough council has made its bid to the Environment Agency for a DEFRA Flood and Coastal Risk Management Grant, totalling £1.35million.

The projects earmarked, if the council is successful in its bid, are in Seascale (£850,000), St Bees (£250,000) and Whitehaven (£300,000).

In Seascale and St Bees, the bids are for projects to ensure that the existing coastal defences will continue to provide the necessary level of protection to both residential and commercial properties.

In Whitehaven, the issue is coastal flooding, where erosion of the South Shore could potentially lead to a failure of the harbour wall.

The grant bid has been a routine annual process for the council, but this year’s bidding process differs from previous years in that a bid is made for both the appraisal work and the potential coastal defence work.

The Environment Agency will now verify the submission before making a combined bid for the whole North West region to DEFRA.

The outcome should be revealed around January next year.

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