Due to government cuts in spending the Environment Agency (EA) had been consulting on where the flood defences should not be reinstated. However the EA has suggested following floods earlier this year in other parts of the country a cash injection meant cuts would not be as severe and would not affect North Norfolk.
However there may still be flood cuts in other parts of the East.
North Norfolk Labour Party organised the Protect Our Coast petition in the wake of the December surge. The government was planning to cut spending on flood defences and slash the number of jobs at the Environment Agency that deal with flood protection. Some funding was only reinstated after the severe flooding in Somerset.
Stephen Burke, Vice Chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“It appears this u-turn in government funding only occurred as a result of the disastrous situation during the Somerset floods earlier this year. This has meant some funding has been made available to reinstate flood defences in North Norfolk. Nonetheless we welcome the news that residents who signed our petition have been listened to.
We note that there is only to be a short-term fix for Blakeney, and so ‘Protect Our Coast’ campaigners will continue to fight for better coastal defences to protect us from climate change – a real threat to North Norfolk and something that the government needs to do more to fight.”