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Major flooding conference to be held in Kent

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A major conference is to be held in Kent to discuss what lessons have been learned since last year's floods, how effective prevention measures are and if anything more needs to be done.

The event organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England in partnership with Kent County Council will be held in February next year.

Following the Government's announcement last week of £2.3 billion for flood defence schemes, CPRE Kent Vice President Richard Knox-Johnston said:

"We welcome the recognition that flooding is an issue which must be addressed and will closely monitor how effective the flood defence schemes are. We question whether this will be enough as we understand it is not new money, and maintenance is as important as capital projects.

"We understand why the Government has areas of high population as a priority, but the protection of farmland should be recognised too because the economy depends on our agriculture."