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£8.2 million approved for flood defences in Great Yarmouth

River port and South Denes, Great Yarmouth Credit: Great Yarmouth Borough Council

£8.2 million in funding has been approved for flood defences in Great Yarmouth.

The money from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership's local growth fund will pay for a second phase of work to be carried out by the Environment Agency.

It's part of a bigger £39 million flood defence project for the town which will see flood defence walls refurbished and new ones built.

“This is an exciting time for Great Yarmouth. Our energy coast is at the centre of the world’s largest market for offshore wind and is of huge strategic importance to our economy. Safeguarding the town’s coastal economy, allowing homes to be built and businesses to grow without fear of disruption is key to its future prosperity. This project will allow that to happen and the LEP is delighted to be able to contribute.”

– Doug Field, Chair of New Anglia LEP

The Great Yarmouth Flood Defences project aims to protect housing and businesses through the construction and refurbishment of 3.8 kilometres of flood defence walls.

It will unlock economic growth in the town and is estimated to create the following:

  • 7,100 new jobs
  • 1,000 new properties
  • 500 new businesses
  • £405 per annum growth for Great Yarmouth

Central government money for flood risk management together with a number of other sources will fund the remaining £31m.

Work is expected to start in autumn 2019.

“We are delighted that the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership will be making such a significant financial contribution to this vital flood risk project in Great Yarmouth. This comes after many months of close co-operation between Great Yarmouth Borough, its Tidal Defences Business Partnership and New Anglia, and recognises the importance of flood risk infrastructure to providing economic growth.”

– Dr Charles Beardall, Area Director at the Environment Agency