Pier funding is confirmed by the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has confirmed funding of nearly £3million towards repairs on Seahouses pier.

Friday, 6th April 2018, 15:37 pm
Updated Friday, 6th April 2018, 15:39 pm
Seahouses Harbour

The £2.9million scheme, which will protect 140 properties and the town’s picturesque harbour, is a Northumberland County Council project.

Leila Huntington, flood risk manager for the Environment Agency in the North East, said: “This funding is fantastic news for the North East which ensures Northumberland County Council’s vital work at Seahouses can go ahead imminently.

“The council’s plan to refurbish the iconic Seahouses pier – an important coastal defence – will start in April, ensuring it will continue to protect the community into the future.”

In Hexham, £3.7 million has been allocated towards a £5million flood alleviation scheme which will be delivered by the Environment Agency at Tyne Mills and Bridge End Industrial Estates. Work is ongoing to secure the remainder of the funding to progress this scheme.

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Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services, with Northumberland County Council, added: “This is excellent news for two major schemes in the county. Both these projects will help to safeguard key economic and employment sites, give existing businesses greater security and confidence to grow and hopefully will encourage others to relocate here.”

They are among 25 new schemes around the country to receive a share £36million to improve flood protection.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “This funding will benefit projects across the country from Hull to Gloucester, from Wolverhampton to the Wirral, that need an extra boost for flood defences to help our communities continue to prosper and grow in the future.

“Not only will this investment make places more resilient against flooding, but it will help the local economy, enhance the natural environment and protect important areas of culture - whether it is the homes, businesses and cultural sites in Hull to the pier in Seahouses or the natural environment in Gloucester.”