Application for extra flood defence funding

Wigan Council staff try to manage the flooded road, near Saddle Brige, Wallgate
Wigan Council staff try to manage the flooded road, near Saddle Brige, Wallgate
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COUNCIL chiefs want to invest even more cash to secure Wigan’s flood defences.

Town hall bosses have won £435,000 in Government funding for property level protection in areas which are most at risk.

Now they are set to apply for a further round of investment after MPs warned that spending is still not high enough to combat the problem.

Mark Tilley, Wigan Council assistant director of infrastructure, said: “As part of the Saddle relief road project the council has invested £438,000 in flood defences by installing an underground surface water attenuation tank.

“The tank will provide storage for 912m³ of storm water, giving protection to the Saddle Junction, Eleanor Street and Wallgate areas. With less direct government funding available, changes are needed to the traditional approaches of direct funding for flood risk management projects.

“In collaboration with the Environment Agency, Wigan Council is actively seeking funding for flood defence projects under Defra’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid Scheme (FdGIA).”

Andy Brown, Flood Risk Manager from the Environment Agency North West said each application was judged on its merits, adding: “The Environment Agency has spent £12m on building new flood defences to protect homes and property in Wigan.

“We are always willing to consider opportunities to work with others to reduce the impact of flood risk.”