Hereford & Worcester

Flood-risk homes in Tenbury Wells to get funding

Flooding in Tenbury
Image caption Many homes in Tenbury Wells have been affected by flooding

Thirty-six properties which are the most vulnerable to flooding in Worcestershire are to get money for protection.

Malvern District Council said the homes would get grants of up to £7,000 so they can install flood defences.

The funds, from the Department for Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra), will pay for measures including door barriers and cellar protection.

The 36 homes have been rated as having a 5% risk of flooding each year.

The council has applied for £205,000 from the Regional Defence Committee so it can offer money for flood protection to an additional 115 properties.

It should learn the result of that bid in January. The money is for properties which surveys have shown have a 1% chance of flooding each year.

'Peace of mind'

Tenbury Wells has seen several devastating floods, and was among places badly affected during the floods across England in the summer of 2007.

Malvern Hills District Council Leader Phil Grove said: "We have been fighting to get permanent flood defences for Tenbury Wells for several years now but have been thwarted by the overall cost of a permanent scheme.

"We have never given up though and this property-level approach to flood protection is wonderful news for the 36 most vulnerable homes in our town.

"Not only does it give them peace of mind, but also offers real financial help."

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