Flood defence scheme for Feniton?
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East Devon District Council has proposed to spend £500,000 to help resolve the village’s flood problems.
There could be light at the end of the tunnel for Feniton as East Devon District Council proposes to spend £500,000 to help resolve long-running flood problems.
The district council could spend the amount over the next two years, putting it towards a £1.6m scheme. The figure has been included in the council’s draft budget proposals.
However, the recommendation is subject to the full council’s approval.
An East Devon District Council spokesman said: “There is major work required to solve flooding issues in Feniton, and our draft budget proposes £500,000 over the next two years. This will not be finally agreed until the council’s budget is set by the full council on February 20.
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“This is a long-term approach and more funding will be needed. DEFRA will soon decide whether it will contribute up to £500k and, if so, we will approach the Environment Agency and Devon County Council to try and make up the remaining amount.
“Whilst it’s heartening to have a long-term solution in the offing, we know residents are suffering now and we have several short-term pieces of work lined up in coming weeks.
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“This includes working with the county council to survey and clean the village’s culverted watercourse, and clearing ditches near affected properties and below South West Water’s pumping station.”