Conference discusses winter flooding in Kent

A conference to look at what could be learned from last year's winter floods in Kent has taken place.

Organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the conference heard from Ashford MP, Damian Green, and the leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter.

David Thompson, senior analyst, at the Committee on Climate Change also spoke.

More than 200 homes were flooded in the Yalding and Tonbridge area a year ago, and thousands were left without power.

The conference was held at Sessions House, in Maidstone.

Residents and firms were told they should help fund half of a £35m flood defence scheme.

Paul Carter, the Conservative leader of Kent County Council, said: "What I'm not keen to do is to spread the cost over all the council tax payers of Kent when I think it should be more localist.

"People know they're living in a flood-risk area. They should perhaps contribute a little more... to help reduce that risk."

Richard Knox-Johnston, from the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: "A lot of work has been done, but with any strategy like this you're never quite sure how good it is until another flood occurs.

"We'll just have to wait and see."

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