£200m 'growth deals' for South West businesses and councils

The Government has announced around £200 million for businesses and councils across the South West. The so-called "growth deals" are intended to trigger other investment in transport, training and hi-tech industries.

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River in Somerset to be widened to ease flooding

The Government has announced around £200 million pounds for businesses and councils across the West.

The so-called "growth deals" are intended to trigger other investment in transport, training and hi-tech industries.

Among the projects going ahead is one that will bring some cheer to Somerset residents made homeless by the floods.

Two rivers are already being dredged, now a third is to be widened to act as a relief channel to draw water away from the danger area on the Somerset Levels around Moorland, Langport and Bridgwater.

David Woodland reports:

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in Cornwall today

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in Cornwall today Credit: David Jones / PA Wire

The Deputy Prime Minister will be in Cornwall today to announce details of a two hundred million pound investment scheme in the south west.

It's believed the money from the Growth Deals initiative will spent by local enterprise projects on schemes as diverse as further investment at the new Hinkley Point power station in Somerset and improvements to the A38.