William Eichler 29 March 2021

Local areas to receive £150m to trial flooding responses

Local areas to receive £150m to trial flooding responses  image

Twenty-five areas across England have been selected to receive a share of a £150m fund to develop new flooding responses.

The council-led projects, which include apps alerting residents to flooding, permeable road surfaces to improve drainage and schemes to protect vital sand dune beaches, will be funded by Defra as part of the Government’s new Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme. They will be managed by the Environment Agency.

‘We’re investing a record £5.2bn in 2,000 new flood and coastal defences over the next six years – but with the effects of climate change already being felt it’s vital that we combine this with long-term approaches to improve communities’ resilience,’ said environment minister Rebecca Pow.

‘These 25 projects will not only help to inform future approaches to prepare communities for flooding and coastal change across the country, but also help reinforce the UK’s position as a world leader in innovation and new technology as we build back better.’

Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency, commented: ‘The innovation programme is extremely exciting as it begins to put new aspects of the national flood and coastal erosion risk strategy to the test.

‘What we learn will inform our approach to the climate crisis in the coming decades and it’s something to tell our international partners about at COP26.

‘I’m particularly interested in the projects that test the ability of nature-based projects to generate revenue. If successful, these could be scaled up by private finance around the world, helping to prepare for climate shocks, restore nature and create jobs.

‘The funding is in addition to the government’s record £5.2bn investment in new flood and coastal defences to better protect 336,000 properties across England by 2027.

‘The 25 areas have been selected following an expressions of interest process managed by Defra and the Environment Agency and assessed by an independent expert panel.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Procurement Manager x3

Essex County Council
£51000 - £60500 per annum + + Flexible Working & Local Gov Pension
Category and Supplier Relationship Specialists x3Fixed Term, Full TimeUp to £60,609 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Information Governance Lead

Greater Manchester Combined Authority
£41,881 - £45,859
We are recruiting for Information Governance professionals who will be ambassadors of information governance excellence within... Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Security Analyst

Essex County Council
Up to £45597 per annum
Security Analyst Permanent, Full Time £41,000 to £45,597 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Regulatory Compliance Lead - Complaints and Compliance

Essex County Council
£34501 - £36501 per annum
Regulatory Compliance Lead - Complaints and Compliance Permanent, Full Time £32,900 to £36,501 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Recruitment Day

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
***When applying for this role, please note that interviews will be held as part of a Virtual Recruitment Day on the 13th July 2021*** About the Role England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue