MP calls multi-agency flood summit talks

A multi-agency meeting has taken place to discuss progress on flood response and future funding opportunities in the Isle.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Environment Agency, Drainage Boards, North Lincolnshire Council, local councillors and chaired by MP Andrew Percy. Each group provided an update on works since December 5.

The EA confirmed that Keadby Pumping Station still requires resilience works. However, pumps are up and running with most necessary repair work completed. Andrew was updated on efforts by the Environment Agency and Army engineers to inspect flood defences, identifying any lower sections.

The Environment Agency confirmed it will make a bid to DEFRA for funding towards Keadby Pumping Station. Work continues on the Humber Strategy, which will provide overall direction for funding.

Mr Percy said: “I’m keen to keep the momentum going in regards to action following December the 5th. I have held several meetings on these issues and continue to stress the importance of improving our area’s flood defences.

“It is positive that the EA are already making bids under the changes to funding applications made by the Government, but these still need to be validated and are not yet confirmed schemes.

“We need a strong focus on the local level, involving all agencies, and I have called on the EA to sit down with North Lincs Council to discuss partnership funding.”

Coun John Briggs said he hoped the EA will work with North Lincolnshire Council on improvements.