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Flooding in Kent: is enough being done?

PUBLISHED: 09:01 10 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:01 10 December 2014

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Conference will look at effectiveness of flood defences

Flooding in Kent and whether enough is being done to prevent it will be the subject of a conference next year.

Kent County Council and the Kent branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England are organising the conference, which will focus on the lessons learned from last year’s floods, how effective flood prevention has been this winter and what else can be done.

It will take place in Maidstone on February 6. Speakers will include Ashford MP Damian Green, Kent County Council leader Paul Carter and Yalding parish council chairwoman Geraldine Brown. There will also be representatives from the Environment Agency and the Climate Change Council.

The Government announced last Wednesday that it was providing £2.3 billion for flood defences.

CPRE vice-president Richard Knox-Johnston said: “We welcome the recognition that flooding 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.

“We must also highlight the danger of building on floodplains and ensure that proper planning controls are in place to minimise the risk to householders.”

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