Official opening date for Cockermouth's flood defence scheme
Last updated at 13:15, Friday, 17 May 2013
Cockermouth's £4.4 million flood defence scheme will be officially opened on June 11.
Work started last summer on the scheme which will protect the town against a one-in-a-100-year flood event and increase flood protection for around 360 homes and 55 businesses.
It includes a self-raising flood barrier at Rubbybanks Road, an earth embankment in the Memorial Gardens, a flood gate and wall at Graves Mill, a floodgate at Waterloo Street, raising an existing wall at Hatters Croft and installing flood resistant windows in listed houses at The Croft.
The Government pledged £3.3m towards the defences while residents voted in favour of an increase on their council tax that raised £120,000 over three years.
Firms donated one per cent of their business rates over three years and contributions came from Cumbria Community Foundation, the county council and Allerdale council.
A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said that a number of key people and organisations would attend the opening. She encouraged Cockermouth residents to turn out and celebrate the event
First published at 13:13, Friday, 17 May 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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