Flood defence should be priority


Staff reporter (Denbighshire Free)

FLOOD defences in the Vale of Clwyd should continue to be a top priority according to local politicians.

Speaking following a visit to the constituency by Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan, Chris Ruane MP and Ann Jones AM re-ititerated their resolve to get flood defences in the area up to scratch as soon as possible.

Mr Vaughan was invited to visit the area following flooding in Rhyl in December and St Asaph and Rhuddlan in November 2012.

“It is important that the issue of flood defences is kept on the agenda and Ann Jones and I are both doing our bit in Westminster and at the Welsh Assembly to ensure this remains the case,” said Mr Ruane.

“Derek was invited so that he could look from a European perspective over what help might be available to improve flood defences in the area.”
Ann Jones AM added: “I am continuing to keep the pressure up at the Assembly for local flood defences to be improved as soon as possible.

“But this needs input from all agencies and representatives including the EU and Denbighshire County Council which is why Chris and I were keen for Derek to see the damage which had taken place locally.

“The Minister’s full review into what needs to happen has just begun and I look forward to seeing how this recommends improving protection for the whole of the Vale of Clwyd.”

Current estimates for immediate emergency repairs to flood defence infrastructure from local authorities across Wales have reached £2 million.

The minister, Alun Davies, is awaiting more comprehensive reports from Natural Resources Wales to inform further funding needs including medium to long term funding requirements.

Support packages are available for businesses affected by the recent floods and storms. Advice and support is available through the Business Wales website and helpline.

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