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Flod barrier testing to take place in Cumbria

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Environment Agency teams will be conducting an exercise in Kendal later today, to test the deployment of temporary flood barriers, which could be deployed prior to a flood to help protect people and properties in Kendal.

The agency say it's committed to reducing flood risk in communities across Cumbria, and this exercise will help test the deployment of flood barriers along Busher Walk, Kendal.

It comes after thousands of people were misplaced and hundreds of properties destroyed after Storm Desmond hit the region in December 2015.

Busher Walk is one of nine locations in the town where we are investigating the use of a temporary barrier. If all locations are found to be suitable, these barriers could help reduce the risk of flooding to 500 or more properties in total across Kendal.

Nationally there is a total of 40km of temporary barriers, and 250 high volume pumps, stored around the country. The barriers can be transported quickly to locations when they are needed to reduce the impact of flooding to homes and businesses.

This exercise will allow Environment Agency staff to practice and test our barrier deployment plan for Busher Walk, gaining valuable training experience as well as the opportunity to identify ways in which we can further refine our plans. This in turn will enable us to better respond during floods.

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Flood barrier tests

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The Environment Agency will be testing temporary flood barriers in Kendal later.

The barriers, which could be deployed prior to a flood, have the potential to protect 500 properties in the area.

It's hoped the exercise will enable better response during flooding

Protest at planned power plant

More than a thousand people have signed a petition to stop plans for a gas power plant near Old Hutton, in Cumbria..

Developer, Stratera Energy, says the site is ideally located next to a substation and could provide much needed electricity, but local people say it's in the wrong place. Chris Nelson is from the action group Stop Old Hutton Power Station.

United Utilities in court over pollution allegations

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A representative for water company United Utilities will appear at Preston Magistrates' Court today over Lancashire’s 2015 water crisis.

The firm has had a prosecution brought to them by the Drinking Water Inspectorate after thousands of homes were left without safe drinking water.

It's accused of supplying water to premises from Franklaw Water Treatment Works at Catterall, Garstang, that was unfit for human consumption, failing to disinfect water used for domestic purposes, and failing to design and continuously operate an adequate treatment process.

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WATCH: Gary Neville on controversial development plans

The changing face of our cities is always a controversial issue - and no-one knows that more than the former footballer Gary Neville.

He's just had to dramatically alter his plan to redevelop the centre of Manchester.

There was anger that a popular old pub would be demolished - and the Town Hall would be dominated by two new skyscrapers.

In a minute we'll hear what Historic England have to say about his revised plan but first Andrew Fletcher reports:

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