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Homes in Uttlesford to be protected from flooding

Uttlesford properties to be protected Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A flooding hotspot in the Uttlesford area of Essex is to benefit from a portion of £19 million of funding for flood protection schemes.

Eight schemes are set to take place across Essex in the next five years. The first area to benefit will be Old Mead Lane in Henham which is notorious for flooding during heavy wet weather.

The work will include replacing pipes and installing brick walls and ditch work around homes. The second phase will install a series of flood fences and flood gates to the previously flooded properties.

"After identifying a number of flood protection schemes across the county, we are really pleased to be making a start on helping homeowners to further protect their properties from flooding.

“The village of Henham is the first of many to be progressed forward and we look forward to embarking on more protection schemes in the future.”

– Cllr Roger Hirst, Essex County Council

Conservationists concerned EU negotiations could harm beauty spots in the East

The Norfolk Broads. Credit: ITV News Anglia viewer

Conservationists are concerned for the well-being of some of our region's most beautiful places.

They fear laws protecting environmentally sensitive areas such as the Norfolk Broads could be weakened during EU negotiations of what's known as the 'Nature Directive'.

Campaigners are headed to Brussels to take part in a conference on the subject. They say proposed changes could put a variety of animals species, such as lapwing, otters and voles, at risk.


East of England's coastline recognised for quality of its water

Wells in Norfolk was among the beaches rated as "excellent". Credit: ITV News Anglia

Beaches in our region now make up a quarter of the UK's best bathing water.

Despite stricter EU regulations this year, a record number of beaches have been given an "excellent" standard for their water quality by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Environment Agency.

Clacton Groyne is the only beach in the East that has been rated poor and is being investigated.

"We're delighted that a record number of bathing waters in our region are now rated Excellent or Good, especially as this year's results are judged on the tougher new European bathing water quality standards.

With 34 bathing waters ranked as Excellent and a further 10 ranked as Good, a quarter of England's best beaches are now in the East of England, which is vital to underpinning the coastal economy and ensuring local coastal towns continue to attract visitors."

– Dr Lucinda Gilfoyle, Anglian Water coastal strategy team

£1.5 billion wind farm to be built off Suffolk coast

The wind farm will be built about 27km off the Suffolk coast Credit: ITV News Anglia

East Anglia's position as one of the world's leading regions for green energy has been reinforced, with an announcement that work will start on a major new wind farm.

Construction of a £1.5 billion wind farm off the Suffolk coast will begin next month, after a deal was agreed to finance the project.

Offshore wind power is expected to provide electricity for half of all the homes in the UK by 2025 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Galloper development will be built next to the existing Greater Gabbard wind farm, creating 700 jobs during the building phase and then 90 permanent positions once it is fully operational in 2018.

Once finished it will be able to produce energy for more than 300 thousand homes.

The project was left in doubt when the energy company Scottish and Southern Enery pulled out last year, but three new backers have now been found.

“This is fantastic news for the region and the whole of the UK, reflecting the fact that we are open for business and the best place in the world to invest in offshore wind.

This milestone shows how the UK’s offshore wind industry is going from strength."

– Andrea Leadsom, Energy Minister

Click below to watch a report from ITV Anglia's Natalie Gray.

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