£56 million flood defence ending for Welsh coasts

Hannah Blythyn has announced a £56 million programme to improve flood and coastal erosion defences across Wales, which is set to benefit over 6,500 properties.

The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management programme has been prioritised according to risk, considering factors such as the likelihood and impact of a flood, previous events and the number of properties it will benefit.

As part of the announcement, the Welsh Minister for Environment also revealed that local authorities and Natural Resources Wales will receive funding to deliver flood risk management schemes, with the investment also set to complete the construction of new and existing projects.

The Welsh Government also announced last week plans for a new Wales Coastal Monitoring Centre, to inform decisions on coastal adaptation and potential schemes on a national basis.

Blythyn said: “Flooding can have a devastating impact on the lives of those affected. This funding of £56 million further demonstrates our commitment to reduce risk and build resilience to flooding and coastal erosion. We are investing in new schemes and major maintenance right across Wales. I have also protected NRW’s budget for flood risk management activities next financial year, as well as funding a new Wales Coastal Monitoring Centre which will improve our understanding of coastal processes and inform better decision making. I’m pleased to announce this ambitious programme, which will support communities and areas right across Wales who are most at risk from flooding and coastal erosion.”

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