Call for Government to address flood funding shortfall

River Spen in flood in 2011

Flooding along the River Spen in 2011 (Reporter Series)

Jo Cox MP is calling on the government to find the money needed to complete flood defences in Batley & Spen.

The latest data from the Environment Agency reveals that 2,286 homes in Batley & Spen are at risk of flooding. Three flood defence projects, costing £2.1million, are under development but these will not proceed until a funding shortfall of £915,000 is addressed.

Mrs Cox said:  “It’s hard to overstate the economic and human cost of flooding. It doesn’t just damage property, it ruins lives. As the severity and frequency of flooding increases so the number of people in Batley & Spen at risk will also rise.

“We urgently need robust defences – and I am asking the government to find the money we need to protect local people today and into the future.”

The schemes in question would alleviate flooding in Cleckheaton and at Radulf Gardens and Ings Crescent in Littletown, all of which have been notorious for flooding in recent years from the River Spen.

Each scheme would predominantly protect homes, but also a small number of businesses.

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