Horncastle flood victims welcome cash vow

Prospect Street in July 2012. Could the town's new defence scheme mean scenes like this won't be repeated in future years after central Government pledged to honour cash promise
Prospect Street in July 2012. Could the town's new defence scheme mean scenes like this won't be repeated in future years after central Government pledged to honour cash promise
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Flood victims in Horncastle have welcomed a Government pledge to back a long-awaited flood defence scheme in the town with hard cash.

Work is due to start on a multi-million pound project in the Bain Valley next Spring which should ease flooding fears for hundreds of town residents and businesses.

Details of the scheme were already well advanced and will involve several different agencies including the County Council, East Lindsey District Council, The Environment Agency, Horncastle Town Council and the The Witham Drainage Board

Now, the Government has pledged to invest its share of the funding as part of 89 schemes across Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire that will receive £90m.

The defences will involve constructing ‘holding lakes’ which will retain water from the River Bain after periods of heavy rain.

That should ease the flow of the river through the town itself.

It’s understood negotiations with landowners have progressed to plan. Contractors, who will carry out the actual work, should be appointed soon.

No details of the final cost have been confirmed but it is thought to be around £8-9m

Peter Jarvis, whose house has flooded twice in the last six years, said: “As far as I’m concerned the sooner something is done the better.

“It’s good the Government 
is putting in the money it said 
it would because with all 
the cuts these days you never know.

“It’s a pity they (the defences) weren’t in place a few years ago because we’d all have felt a lot safer.

“It’s cost me thousands of pounds and if it’s a wet winter then God help us.”

Irene Sutton said: “Flooding is a real worry for me - and all my neighbours.

“I’ve read what’s been said about the defences and I just hope they work.

“Anything is better than nothing.

“The river has been really high a few times lately near Tesco and every time you think it is going to come over.”

Steve Cooper added: “At long last, Horncastle is going to get something positive,

“My house flooded a couple of years ago and you never really recover.

“My insurance is sky high. I wonder now the Government appears to have a bit of money will they help reduce my premiums?”

Town and district councillor Fiona Martin welcomed confirmation of the Government funding.

Coun Martin has been one of the leading figures in the campaign to secure flood defences.