£1million flood defence scheme will improve whole town

FLOOD protection work is set to start in St Neots early next year if planners give the go ahead. The Environment Agency has submitted an application for £1million flood defences to protect homes in The Paddock and St Neots Road. Plans include an embankm

FLOOD protection work is set to start in St Neots early next year if planners give the go ahead.

The Environment Agency has submitted an application for £1million flood defences to protect homes in The Paddock and St Neots Road.

Plans include an embankment and flood gates at Riverside Park and the raising of a section of Crosshall Road.

The proposal is supported by St Neots town councillor Jennifer Bird, who lives in The Paddock and has been campaigning for four years for improvements.

Cllr Bird told The Hunts Post: "They have done a lot of homework on this scheme. Rather than just submitting a plan they have spoken to residents and other interested parties to make sure the defences work for the whole town, not just the people in The Paddock."

She added: "When it rains people in The Paddock can feel anxious and the sooner the defences are in place the better."

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The cost of the project is £1million and planners are expected to make a decision on the application within the next 13 weeks.

A spokesman for the EA said: "A total of 115 residential properties will benefit from an increased standard of flood protection.

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