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MP: Humber needs protection from flooding

An MP from East Yorkshire has warned that failure to invest in better flood defences could cost the region billions of pounds.

David Davis said the Humber is a national strategic asset which needs protection and failing to do so could lead to flooding on a bigger scale than last December, as Fiona Dwyer reports.

MPs unite over Humber flood defences plea

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Contributed to the debate on the Humber Flood Risk & raised the issue of the need for good defences to ensure flood insurance is available.

MPs and councillors from across the political parties attended a debate in Parliament today, to advance the case for improving the Humber’s flood defences.

They say the £32 billion of potential damage, disruption and loss of investment at risk dwarfs the £888 million needed to implement the Environment Agency’s strategy and build up defences. The group will also be meeting with the Prime Minister next week.

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Just spoken in debate on Humber flood risk. MPs on both sides of Humber and from both parties united in our fight for long term solution.

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Tidal surge prompts Humber flooding strategy talks

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Environment Agency officials are meeting community leaders and conservationists to discuss the impact of December's record tidal surge on future flood work in the Humber.

Drainage boards, six local authorities and Natural England will be among the organisations meeting in Grimsby today to discuss the flood and what it means for future flood risk management around the Humber.

Humber strategy manager Philip Winn said:

"We gathered an enormous amount of data about how the flooding impacted on the Humber estuary following the tidal surge. We are using this information to run new computer models and this will give us a better understanding of how different locations may be affected in different scenarios."

The tidal surge was the highest ever recorded tide level in the estuary and led to around 1,100 properties and hundreds of businesses flooding in the area.

Among work by the agency since the flooding, a section of Weeton Bank at Welwick has been reinstated where the surge eroded the bank, and repairs are being undertaken at Reedness, Old Goole, and Blacktoft.

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Extensive repairs have also taken place on the south bank where £2 million has been spent to complete initial works, including the loading of 13,000 tonnes of clay, along 12 miles of flood defences.

In addition to the recovery operation, work is also underway on a £20m scheme to help reduce tidal flood risk to more than 14,000 properties in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

Government: Wildlife fears delayed marine park approval

A Department for Transport spokesperson has released a statement about the delay in approving the £450 million marine energy park in North Lincolnshire.

They were concerned over the habitat of the local wildlife, which they say has now been satisfied.

Able Humber Ports have provided the further information we requested in August. This satisfies our outstanding concerns about the new habitat for birds affected by the project and about arrangements for access across the Killingholme Branch railway which runs through the site of the project.

The next stage is for Parliament to consider whether to confirm compulsory purchase powers over land owned by various businesses including Network Rail and Associated British Ports.

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Anxious wait for Marine energy announcement

It's expected there will be a decision from the Government today on a £450m development for North Lincolnshire.

The wind turbine manufacturing site on the South bank of the Humber could create four thousand jobs - but has been delayed three times.

Strabag Offshore Wind GmbH announced the site as its preferred location for a major facility to produce gravity-based foundations for the offshore wind sector.

The scheme could add up to 500 jobs to the 4,000 Able UK says their 906-acre industrial park would create in the green energy industry.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to do all he could to ensure the Humber becomes a “magnet” for green energy investment. But Able has been deeply frustrated by repeated planning delays.

Decision expected on Humber marine energy park

A decision is due later this morning on whether to grant permission to create a £450-million marine energy park on the south bank of the Humber.

The development could generate anything from between 4,000 to 10,000 jobs at a purpose-built renewables port and logistics facility at North Killingholme.

To date, the decision has been delayed twice by Government officials. The Teesside company planning to develop the energy park, Able UK, is waiting for a decision by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

The company's plans would cover 865 acres on the south bank of the Humber, providing state-of-the-art quayside facilities for the manufacture, assembly and installation of offshore renewable technologies.

  • Grimsby has already established itself as a key operations and maintenance hub for southern North Sea farms, stretching from the Greater Wash to the North Yorkshire coast.
  • Centrica, Siemens, Dong Energy, E.on and RES are all now established in the town, with indigenous companies also heavily involved in the sector.
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