Kent County Council has welcomed news that multi-million pound funding has been given to the Leigh, Hildenborough and East Peckham flood defences.
The £4.6 million will go towards the flood defence schemes and joins the committed £2.5m for the Leigh from KCC.
It comes after extensive work between Kent County Council, the Environment Agency, Maidstone, and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Councils on the schemes.
Leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter said: “I’m delighted that the funding has been announced by the government and that we can finally get to work on flood defences in the area.
“During the Winter 2013/14 floods, over 900 homes and businesses in Tonbridge, Yalding, East Peckham and other smaller communities were flooded from the River Medway – something we are determined to prevent from happening again.
“This is tremendous news for those communities affected and goes to show that the hard work we have put in with our partners has helped us secure the funding package announced today.”
The Leigh Flood Storage Area (FSA) was built following the flood in 1968 to reduce the risk of flooding to 1,200 homes and businesses in Tonbridge.
Whilst the Leigh FSA helps to reduce the flows downstream, many communities are at risk of flooding as they do not have flood defences of their own.
The EA identified improvements to the Leigh and Hildenborough Flood Storage Areas, and a new flood alleviation scheme in East Peckham, as the best way to reduce the risk of flooding to as many people as possible.
Funding for this six year programme will see improvements to the Leigh Flood Storage Areas and new embankment in Hildenborough and will cost an estimated £17.1 million.
This will be funded by central government, Kent County Council and Tonbridge Malling Borough Council, together with other contributions.
A separate flood alleviation scheme in East Peckham is estimated at £7.5 million and is reliant upon a successful application for funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.
The funding is part of £34.2m of government cash announced today (Thursday) to help create jobs, support businesses and create new growth opportunities.
The package of projects funded through this round of Local Growth Fund will improve educational attainment, create new jobs and provide the enabling infrastructure to support the delivery of new homes and employment.
It will leverage an additional £112m in private sector funding.
The Kent and Medway projects to receive funding are:
- Dartford Town Centre Transformation (£4.3m)
- Ashford International Rail Connectivity Project (£4.8m)
- Fort Halstead redevelopment, Sevenoaks (£1.53m)
- Rochester Airport Technology Park, Medway (£3.7m)
- Strood Civic Centre Flood Mitigation Works (£3.5m)
- A2500 Lower Road Improvement (£1.26m)
- Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth & Enterprise Hub, Canterbury (£6.12m)
- Leigh Flood Storage Area, Tonbridge (£4.635m)
- A2 off-slip at Canterbury (£4.4m)