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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Official opening date for Cockermouth's flood defence scheme

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

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