Flood cash falls shortBy Hugh Fort
October 29, 2008
Fewer than half the homes hit by severe flooding last year have been earmarked for flood defence improvements due to a “mean” Government grant.
And Sylvester Close, where families spent nearly a year living in caravans in their front gardens, could miss out altogether because the cost of installing defences would run into millions of pounds.
The lack of cash means Wokingham Borough Council can only improve flood defences for 61 of the 149 homes affected by the floods in July 2007.
The council’s executive committee will meet tomorrow to decide how to spend a Government grant of £310,244 for flood defence improvements across the entire borough.
The committee will debate two lists of possible areas of improvements at the meeting,
The first list contains streets and main roads and the second just streets which have been heavily affected by the flooding, which includes Sylvester Close.
- More in this week's Wokingham Times.