Funding alone will not stem flood risk in south east England, says CLA

02 December 2014

The CLA says the Government’s plan to spend £300 million on flood defences in south east England is only part of the solution to stemming the risk of future flooding.

The government has today (2 December) announced £300 million of flood defence spending earmarked for Kent, Hampshire and Sussex as part of £2.3 billion of investment in flood defences across England.

The CLA represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses. CLA Director South East Robin Edwards said: "One year on from devastating floods, rural communities and businesses across south east England are still alarmingly vulnerable.

“It is worrying that the £2.3billion allocated across England has already been defined as “inadequate” by the National Audit Office. Funding must be part of a broader strategy that provides genuine reassurance that the risk of flooding is being tackled comprehensively.”

Mr Edwards said: “Owners of rural land are playing a critical role defending the south east countryside and communities against flooding.

“However, the Government and the Environment Agency must make it easier for landowners by cutting red tape and encouraging new, effective approaches to managing drainage.

“Without this support we risk losing valuable agricultural land, homes and communities.”