Back in 2011 it was brought to my attention that the banks of Whittlesey Washes were in need of strengthening if they were to continue to prevent a flood. However, the proposed plans from the Environment Agency would have resulted in a greater flood risk for some of my constituents in Coates, which was a huge concern to myself and those living in Coates.
After a sustained campaign, both locally and in parliament holding meetings with Ministers and Senior Environment Agency officials, a solution was found that would ensure everyone is able benefit from reduced flooding risk.
Work began in 2013 and was expected to take 4 years to complete and cost £26.9 million. It was therefore fantastic to be able to celebrate on Friday, with the Environment Agency and other partners, that work has been completed 1 year sooner and nearly £10 million under budget. This is testament to what can be achieved when all organisations work together and securing the funding for these flood measures is something I am very proud of.