Tyne & Wear

Flood package of £2.4m for North East

A £2.4m package will fund more than 30 flood prevention schemes in the north-east of England, it has been announced.

The funding will be raised from local authorities in the North East by the Northumbria Regional Flood Defence Committee.

The Environment Agency said the committee agreed to increase the levy by 4% for 2011/12.

The Northumbria Local Levy is used to deliver a range of work including flood response and climate change action.

Committee chairman Frank Major said the levy supported ways of funding "innovative and creative approaches" to tackling local problems.

'Cost effective'

He said: "The levy fund will finance more than 30 schemes in the next financial year which will concentrate on small-scale engineering work, and involve local people at the core of its solutions.

"Our local levy programme is driven by locally-identified need, and has proved to be a rapid and cost-effective process that is influenced by local opinion and has communities at the heart of everything that it does."

Schemes for 2011/12 include repairing and raising the floodwalls in an area along the Ouseburn in Newcastle.

As well as building flood banks and walls to protect properties in some of the areas close to Lustrum Beck in Stockton-Upon-Tees, the continuation of flood work in Belford, Northumberland and the expansion of the Living Waterways project into Teesside, which helps to improve urban streams and green spaces for people and wildlife.

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