Floods: River Severn

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency spent on flood protection measures in the lower Severn area in 2006-07; how much it is spending in 2007-08; and how much it intends to spend in 2008-09.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

For the section of the lower Severn that falls within Gloucestershire and the Environment Agency's midlands region, the agency spends estimated sums of £750,000 annually on activities such as development control, flood warning and awareness and risk mapping and £750,000 on maintaining river channels, flood banks and control structures. Spending will be maintained at similar levels in 2008-09.

Levies on local authorities are used to fund further works which have a high priority locally but do not currently meet national prioritisation criteria for funding from DEFRA grant in aid. In 2006-07 £725,000 was spent on work at Cornham and Alney Island. Levy funding for 2008-09 is yet to be formally agreed.

Since 2000 the agency has completed large capital improvement projects at Cone Pill-Lydney (£4.7 million), Lydney Harbour (£1.7 million) and on the River Chelt (£26.5 million).

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