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42 new flood schemes: none in flood-hit Devon or Cornwall

By GDemianyk  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

Comments (13) None of 42 new flood defence schemes announced by the Government yesterday are in Cornwall, Devon or Somerset - despite the counties being battered by storms.
Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said the new schemes are planned for 2014/15, as he hailed the Government's £3.1 billion capital investment commitment as the largest by any government.
But a map featuring the 42 projects – produced by the Environment Agency and published on Twitter by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – showed the flood-hit far South West had been overlooked.
In a press release, the Environment Agency sent a list of some of the schemes in the South West that are said to be part of the announcement – but of the seven schemes mentioned it included £30 million of defences in Exeter that had already been unveiled.
New schemes announced yesterday included the £9.4 million Port Clarence and Greatham scheme in Teesside, a £4 million scheme in Croston, Lancashire, and a £2.5 million scheme on the Upper River Tame in Titford.
A total of £344 million will be spent on capital projects this year, Defra said.
Floods Minister Dan Rogerson said: "More money than ever before is being invested in flood defences and the new schemes will give greater security to thousands of homes and businesses that have previously feared flooding."
Lord Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, said: "These schemes will go towards improved protection for over 165,000 properties in the four years to 2015 – 20,000 more than our target. Our priority is to do as much as we can with every pound of funding."

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  • break  |  February 07 2014, 4:23PM

    From everything that we've heard in the news in the past few months,does anyone really think anyone in London cares about us? Some genius said he's not bothered about the countryside being flooded,so long as cities are safe.Then we have the urban area's being handed more money than rural area's.You don't need to be a genius to see where some people's priorities lie.And lets not forget the HS2.The Somerset levels haven't been dredged in decades,this isn't just some thing thats just happened,its the weather that has pointed out to us just how little has been done in Cornwall over the years.I've no doubt that in a couple of weeks people will go back to burying their heads in the sand,until the next major incident.

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  • goldenoldy  |  February 07 2014, 3:05PM

    Well if we clawed back the corporate theft money AND the- so called? aid money we would be quids in.SO called? yes thats right, he may be a fruit-cake in some ways but the UKIP chap who used the phrase Bongo-Bongo land to draw attention to the African president who spent our AID money on a £12m personal jet and the one who bought apartments in Paris, and the £8m that Pakistan spent on cell phones ,just to hi light a few was roundly abused by the media for telling what we all know is-Like -It-Is . This small Island cannot bail out the whole world,look at Africa one of the worlds treasure houses of resources, now being systematically stripped by China and the corrupt greedy power mad few- Mugabi and cronies are stealing the proceeds and letting the population starve.Now Mandela is gone his dream is dead and his replacement is doing just the same.

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  • WilliamBarnet  |  February 07 2014, 3:01PM

    DipStick That satisfying when all your oponant can do is tio pick on your spelling, as thats when you know you've won the argument. Have a nice day.

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  • DipStick  |  February 07 2014, 2:39PM

    Oh, and why the h3ll was this published on Twitter??? I can't see it anywhere obvious on their web site so how many people are going to be aware of it? DS

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  • DipStick  |  February 07 2014, 2:35PM

    @williambarnet: agreed you didn't use 'illegal'. You did use " .. systimatic abuse of the tax system buy the big companies which in total cost the UK more than all the foreign aid ...". Apart from the spelling your comment very much implies that what the companies are doing is "illegal" when it is not. DS

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  • goldenoldy  |  February 07 2014, 12:00PM

    I don't see any foreign aid rushing in from abroad to help our flood victims,or anyone collecting on the streets with tins and buckets. Charity begins at home? not here it seems, help the Snow leopard, save the Tiger/Panda/Donkey, educate African/Indian children, dig wells abroad but give money for your own people who are losing everything ? Not In My Back-Yard! seems to apply in the UK. We seem to be like the children's fable of- the little red hen , remember everybody wanted to share the fruits of her labour but nobody wanted to help her do anything when she needed them. Great Britain? Great MUGLAND it seems.

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  • wringer  |  February 07 2014, 10:43AM

    please can someone mark on this map how many of these schemes are in marginal constituencies. that will tell the real story. I am fed up of cornwall being forgotten. perhaps all of us need to have a day of action in London with pictures to show what it is like. all I have heard the last week is them whinging on about a tube strike - that when most of us don't have buses anywhere near us, or decent roads or railways in.

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  • WilliamBarnet  |  February 07 2014, 10:32AM

    DipStick who said anything about them acting illegaly?? not me!!, i dont need to twist peoples words to make a valid point! I think your last point sums up the problems with our country nicely as it goes to show the contempt for human life in pursuit for corporate proffits. Thankyou for highlighting that.

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  • SpittyJoe  |  February 07 2014, 10:21AM

    Why should anyone think there would be anything different

  • DipStick  |  February 07 2014, 9:41AM

    @josdave: well said. No reason for us to send money abroad when we have nowt for ourselves! @williambarnet: you'll find that the corporates are merely applying the tax laws as set down by successive politicians. The companies themselves are doing nothing illegal** so save your ire for politicians, both national and EU, of ALL parties. ** and please don't come up with any 'but it's immoral ..' crud. There is no legal requirement to behave 'morally'. DS