Government to spend millions on flood defence

Tens of millions of pounds is to be pumped into projects to prevent flooding in the area as part of the Government’s major 2014 National Infrastructure Plan.

The bumper funding package, unveiled this week, includes money for schemes at Bulverhythe, Hastings Coastal Defence, Fairlight Cove Coast Protection and Pett Capital.

The Hastings Coastal Defence project involves work on the pier to the harbour arm.

In February this year the Combe Haven river burst its banks.

Water poured onto nearby roads in Bulverhythe and swamped football pitches.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Priti Patel said: “Thanks to our long-term economic plan we are making the biggest ever investment in flood defences across England and I’m very pleased that projects in Hastings.”

Hastings MP Amber Rudd says she believes the investment could bring big economic benefits to the area.

She said: “This investment in Hastings and Rye could see £2.2 billion in economic benefits come to our area.

“This shows yet again that this Government is investing in the big, long-term projects that will help this area prosper.”

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said: “We all saw the destruction and heartache caused by flooding last year and that is why this investment is vital to build Britain’s defences for the future.”