Leader welcomes flood defence investment for Tenbury

The Leader of Malvern Hills District Council has welcomed a government commitment to invest millions of pounds in flood defence schemes for Tenbury Wells and the Severn Valley area.

The Government has allocated £4.9million towards a scheme which is estimated to cost between £5million and £6milllion to protect Tenbury Wells. Tree planting and habitat creation will also take place throughout the Severn Valley to reduce flood risk and capture carbon.

It is estimated almost 3,000 homes will be protected.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "This is fantastic news for people and businesses in Tenbury. I visited the area to speak to people after Storm Dennis and saw for myself the devastation flooding causes.

"The town has suffered many times over the years and this scheme will hopefully bring an end to that.

"As a council we have been lobbying for many years on this issue. We now need to keep up the pressure to make sure we get the remaining funding needed, so we can start work as soon as possible.

"I'm also delighted there will be a natural flood management scheme for the Severn Valley Area. This will not only reduce flood risk but will also capture carbon, which is an important part of our efforts to tackle climate change."

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