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Boost to borough flood defences

SOLIHULL will get over £118,000 this year to shore up its flood defences.

SOLIHULL will get over £118,000 this year to shore up its flood defences.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman, Environment Secretary, announced the Government grants last month.

After joining the cabinet, she told the Solihull News that better preparation for flooding would be one of her priorities.

In June 2007, the borough was battered by heavy rain and hundreds of residents were affected.

Homes in Solihull Lodge were among those affected by the deluge.

“This money will go a long way to help local flood authorities identify and deal with the risk of flooding in their own communities,” said Mrs Spelman.

She said the local authorities would decide how the money could be best spent on bolstering their defences.

“It could be used to pay members of staff, to come up with plans for dealing with surface water flooding, or for working with the public on plans for how best to deal with flooding,” she added.

A total of £1.85m will be handed out to West Midlands councils - with every authority getting more than £100,000.

Though Solihull’s settlement is smaller than many neighbouring councils next year, it will rise to £149,000 from the following year onward.

 

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