Ashbourne flood defence scheme is completed

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A £2.5m flood defence scheme has been completed in Derbyshire after three years of work.

The Environment Agency embarked on the project after Ashbourne was flooded in 2008 - the third time in recent years.

New flood defences have been built in Churchfields, Coopers Gardens and the Mansion House.

Funding for the project was provided by the Department For Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Flood Defence Grant in Aid Programme.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said the project had faced a number of hurdles, including the relocation of a group of water voles at Henmore Brook and the annual Shrovetide celebrations.

It is hoped, with the completion of the project, more than 200 homes in and around Ashbourne have been protected from flooding.

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